Mumbai: The long standing animosity between former India captain Kapil Dev and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have come to an end as the two parties met today in Mumbai to bury the hatchet.
BCCI President N Srinivasan also received a letter from Kapil Dev who informed that he had resigned from the Essel Sports Private Limited, the company that owned the rebel league - Indian Cricket League. Consequently he has been granted amnesty.
"Mr. Kapil Dev has informed the Board that he has resigned from the Essel Sports Private Limited / ICL. He has also stated in the letter that he has always supported the BCCI, and will continue to do so in the future," Srinivasan said in his press statement.
The BCCI has also received the olive branch graciously. "The BCCI acknowledges Mr. Kapil Dev's immense contribution to Indian cricket and looks forward to a fruitful association with him in the years to come," Srinivasan said.
Kapil, who tried to avoid the waiting media persons, however seemed happy to be back in the official fold.
"BCCI is like a parent and we are like its children. Even during my earlier association, I have contributed for welfare of cricket and cricketers and even now I aim to do so," Kapil told the mediapersons.
The legendary all-rounder, who joined the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) back in 2007, was banned by the BCCI for being a part of unsanctioned league.
While the other cricketers and officials who were a part of the league had gone back to the official fold much earlier, Kapil had said that he will never seek amnesty from the parent body unlike others.
Reacting to Kapil's peace-pact with the BCCI, Kirti Azad - another of the cricketers having estranged relations with the Board - told NDTV that he was in no mood for a compromise.
Azad talking to NDTV said, "I will not compromise with BCCI. I will keep highlighting BCCI corrupt practices as for me self respect is utmost."
Recently, during BCCI working committee which was held in New Delhi, Kapil dropped in to meet Srinivasan and handed him a copy of his resignation letter from ICL to the president and it was then matter of time before the parent body would welcome him back in its fold.
Even after that working committee meeting, a senior official had said that format of Kapil's letter will be such that "it doesn't hurt the dignity of a player of his stature and at the same time restores BCCI's position as the guardian of the game in the country."
Now that he has received amnesty, he will be entitled to Rs 1 crore as a part of BCCI's one-time benefit scheme and he will also start receiving pension once again. His arrears will also be cleared.
(With PTI inputs)