New Delhi:Former captain Kapil Dev on Tuesday lashed out at India Cricket Board for victimising cricketers who joined Indian Cricket League by treating them as "untouchables".
"I don't understand why the Cricket Board is treating cricketers who joined our ranks as untouchables. We were providing the youngsters an option to cricket and to life. They (the board) are victimiing the cricketers for no fault of theirs (by banning them)," an angry Kapil told reporters here at the launch of second season of ICL.
"We are for the betterment of Indian cricket and I always think I am a part of the Cricket Board but why are they trying to monopolise the game. They should have beeen big hearted.
"Moreover, I would never have thought of fighting a case against my own players," he said while referring to court cases between ICL players and their boards.
Without naming anybody, Kapil blamed a "particular person" for being victimising ICL players.
"Today, if there is such a victimisation of ICL players it is because of one particular man. I don't need to name him here everybody knows him," he said.
"Despite the obstacles to make us small we have grown from strength to strength. We will keep on giving a better platform for youngsters to cricket," added the World Cup winning captain after announcing a new team, Dhaka warriors.
He praised the 13 Bangladeshi players, which included former captain Habibul Bashar, for joining the ICL.
"We would encourage them to play for their country. In the free time when they are not playing for their country they can play for ICL. What is wrong in this. If they are banned by their board for joining ICL that is not their (players') fault," said the former captain.