Mumbai: Cricket legend Kapil Dev took a dig at the Cricket Board on Thursday for not giving the triumphant Indian squad more time to unwind after their fabulous World Cup triumph on April 2 and for paying much more money to represent their IPL franchises than the country. (Agencies)
"The players did not get time to unwind and enjoy their World Cup victory. They had worked three years for it. They just got four days (before IPL began). They should have got more time to enjoy the (triumphant) moment," the former India skipper said.
"If you don't give time to unwind, you lose the passion to play. That's what happened in England (Team lost Test series 4-0 to the hosts). They went through the motion and there was no passion which is very important when you play sports," said Kapil, who delivered the Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture at the Cricket Club of India.
"What I saw at Lord's was the worst I have seen. On the second day of a Test series the captain (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) removed his wicket keeping gloves and bowled. He was asking Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar whether they were tired. I would never have let him do that and would have bowled 25 overs on that day. You need to have attitude," he said.
"No cricket should be played for at least a month anywhere in the world after a World Cup," he added.
Taking up the debate over club versus country, Kapil said he can never comprehend how players can get more money while representing their clubs (franchises in IPL) than their country.
"I got confused here every time. They are run by the same organisation. How can the same organisation (BCCI) give more money to play for club and not for playing for the country? I do not agree with that," he said.
The former national coach also suggested to the Board to cut down on the burden on India's fast bowling lot in order to cut down on the injuries.
"Over the last 20 years we have had good fast and swing bowlers in Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Venkatesh Prasad and the likes. But the Cricket Board should understand how much burden the fast bowlers can take. They can't bowl for 365 days," he remarked.
He also took a pot shot at modern fast bowlers going to the gymnasium more than working out on the field.
"These days fast bowlers spend more time in the gym and they don't want to bowl more than four overs. In our days we used to run around the ground to strenghthen our leg and stomach muscles," he explained.
Kapil, while lauding the BCCI for looking after the cricketers' lot including old-timers like himself through the monthly gratis scheme, also wanted the Board to scrap the five-man zonal selection panel and make it into a three-member committee with zonal advisors/talent spotters to feed them.
"The five-member zonal selection committee should be replaced by a three or four-man non-zonal committee. The Board has enough money to employ 10 zonal representatives each feeding the three selectors about the talent in their zones," he said.
"The other sports bodies should learn a lesson from the Cricket Board on how to look after their people. The Cricket Board has done extremely well (in building its finances). We can depend on it for pension.
"But the problem with the Cricket Board is that it never thought it would see such money. There's nothing wrong with that. But if you want to make only money and not care for the game, I will not agree. The game has made you and not the other way around," he said.
Mumbai: Cricket legend Kapil Dev took a dig at the Cricket Board on Thursday for not giving the triumphant Indian squad more time to unwind after their fabulous World Cup triumph on April 2 and for paying much more money to represent their IPL franchises than the country.