Angry Kapil takes on BCCI

Kapil Dev is miffed with the PCA following the removal of an enormous picture of Kapil Dev, from the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali.

updated: June 22, 2008 17:28 IST
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New Delhi:

Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev is miffed with the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) following the removal of his huge cut-out from the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

The world cup-winning captain has written to PCA Secretary MP Pandove, asking them to return all "gifts and memorabilia" he had given to the association.

The former all-rounder wrote, "I am concerned about the personal gifts and memorabilia of my cricketing years and also that of the 1983 World Cup cricket tournament, given by me to the Punjab Cricket Association, which are kept at various places at the Mohali ground. I apprehend that now the Punjab Cricket Association may not like to preserve the memorabilia any more. I will be really be grateful if the same is returned to me so that I can preserve them since I have personal attachments and I am emotionally attached with all such items, which were used by me personally throughout my cricketing years"

He, however, made it clear that he had no intention of seeking those back but at the same time he could not see those invaluable souvenirs being thrown to the dustbin either.

"I never asked them to return (those memorabilia). I said 'if you wish not to keep my stuff, give it back to me, rather than throwing it into the dustbin', so that I can preserve those," Kapil told NDTV.

"I had no intention to have my things back but (wanted it back) if they wish not to keep it. As the media reported, they removed my poster, so I felt little uneasy because I had given a few very important things to them," said the legendary all-rounder who incurred Cricket Board's wrath after joining the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).