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One-time payment doesn't matter to Kapil

Press Trust Of India
May 23, 2012 at 04:03pm IST

New Delhi: Even as uncertainty prevails over whether Kapil Dev has been left out of the list of former cricketers due to receive the one-time monetary benefit by the BCCI, the former India captain on Wednesday said officials of the cricket board are the "boss" and it's their call.

"They are the boss. Let them do whatever they want to do. What is the point about talking on this matter" Kapil said.

The 1983-World Cup winning captain was not invited by the BCCI for the functions at the four IPL venues where it is set to honour former cricketers with cheques for their services to Indian cricket. Kapil played 131 Tests and 225 one-day internationals for India and is rated among one of the greatest allrounders to have played the game. He is entitled to get Rs 1.5 crore from the BCCI as per the scheme.

One-time payment doesn't matter to Kapil Dev

Kapil was ignored by BCCI as he didn't accept the amnesty offered by the board following his involvement with ICL.

"I am a content_cned person and these things will not bother me. I enjoyed playing for India and that is it. I do not have to do anything more. I do not feel comfortable in talking negative. I am a very positive person and I do not have to talk about negatives."

It is believed that Kapil was ignored by the BCCI as he had not accepted the amnesty offered by the board following his involvement in the Indian Cricket League - the now-defunct Twenty20 league. While a senior BCCI official insisted that Kapil's name figures in the list of beneficiaries, some other officials said he was ignored.

The board had released the list of 65 players invited to collect their cheques at the four venues, but the entire list of beneficiaries has never been made public.

"I wish them (BCCI) all the best. They will not come to me [as] they are the board. Let them do whatever they want to do. What is the problem in that? Try to understand that if they want to do something let them do."

Kapil said he was happy that the BCCI has made an effort to look after his former colleagues. "I am a positive man... I take my life positively. I played my cricket in positive manner throughout my career. I am only happy that so many colleagues of mine are being looked after by the board. That is it."

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