Chandigarh: The relationship between Kapil Dev and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have touched a new low after the former India skipper's poster was removed from the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.
An upset Kapil, the captain of the 1983 team, wants his cricketing memorabilia back, just a week before India celebrates the 25th anniversary of its 1983 World Cup win.
In an e-mail to the PCA, Kapil said that if the Association plans to throw his gifts and memorabilia or finds it's difficult to preserve, then they can return it to him as he is emotionally attached to those items.
However, PCA Media Manager GS Walia said Kapil's poster was damaged and would be back on the PCA wall soon.
"Kapil's poster has not been removed. The frame of the poster was broken by the winds. His poster should be on the wall again in two-three days time," Walia said.
Kapil confirmed that the PCA has assured him that his poster will be put back on the Mohali Stadium as the previous one had been damaged.
"Yes! I have received a mail back from MP Pandove, in which they have explained the situation regarding the poster's removal and have said they will be replacing it shortly. I have no issues with the PCA. I had only said, going by media reports, if they do not want to preserve the memorabilia, then they should return it back to me. It's not a question of being offensive or defensive. I think there are no issues," Kapil replied.
PCA CEO Brig (retd) GS Sandhu said, "We have replied to Kapil’s mail explaining circumstances in which the poster was taken off. The new poster has been made and will be put up in the two-three days. We respect him as a world-renowned cricketer and his memorabilia is absolutely safe and intact at the PCA. The matter is now resolved."
BCCI President Sharad Pawar also clarified that the board had nothing to do with Kapil's poster being taken off the Mohali Stadium.
Kapil's relations with the BCCI soured when he joined the Essel Group-promoted Indian Cricket League as Chairman of the Governing Board.
The BCCI sacked him from the National Cricket Academy, stopped his pension and then finally stripped his poster from the Mohali Stadium.