New Delhi:Former India captain Kapil Dev on Friday lambasted the BCCI for neglecting former cricketers and pleaded before the Delhi High Court that it should be asked to release pensions to him and other players who joined the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL).
He made the submission while appearing before Registrar of Delhi High Court Pawan Kumar Jain for being cross examined by the BCCI on the allegations levelled by him against the Board for allegedly taking punitive action against him and his ICL colleagues.
The former all rounder alleged that the Board was neglecting the former cricketers who served the nation and was taking punitive action by stopping their pension and other post-retirement benefits by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Kapil accused the cricketing body of adopting delaying tactics in the legal proceedings after the BCCI sought adjournment in the matter saying that it could not find time to prepare for cross-examination in view terror attack in Mumbai and the then uncertainty over the ongoing series with England.
"BCCI is not concerned about cricketers who served the nation but shows more concern about the on-going series between India and England," Kapil claimed.
"I just seek that pension of my colleagues be released. They are suffering due to Board's action," he alleged, adding "the Board keeps taking dates in the matter and the proceeding is being delayed due to it."
The Board has stopped pension to 15 former players including Kapil Dev, Kiran More, Sandeep Patil, Ajit Wadekar and E Prasanna after they joined its rival Indian Cricket League.