New Delhi: Former India captain Kapil Dev on Thursday favoured the sports ministry's move to make BCCI function as a National Sports Federation (NSF), as proposed in the National Sports Development Bill.

The BCCI had rejected the bill at its Working Committee meeting in Kolkata on
October 29, saying certain aspects of the bill are meant to "destroy the autonomy" of the board but Kapil said the cricket board should abide by the law.

"I think nobody is above the government or law, it may be the cricket board or any other association. Perhaps it personally hurts BCCI and so they are saying no to this bill. I don't mind losing anything if my country is benefitted and that should be the mentality," said Kapil.

"If it benefits the entire sporting fraternity, it should come into effect. One should understand that this bill is for the betterment of everyone. Personal interests cannot be bigger than the nation. The attitude should be country comes first," said Kapil, who led the team to 1983 World Cup win.

The controversial Bill is expected to be introduced in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament.

On the issue of bringing BCCI under the purview of the RTI Act, Kapil said, "Well...I am not that qualified enough to answer this question. I think, when the situation arises, the experts dealing with the issue can give you the answer."

BCCI, which is an autonomous body, and some other sports organisations such as Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have opposed the legislation.

(Agencies)