Legendary and star player Kapil Dev, wasn’t happy with whatever happened during the U19 World Cup final. The 1983 World Cup-winning India skipper requested BCCI to take a strong step against misbehaving cricketers so that it creates an example for the future upcoming cricketers who will be representing the nation.
The ex-skipper on Thursday stated the unpleasant incident involving young and talented Indian and Bangladeshi players after the recent ICC U-19 World Cup as “horrible”, and mentioned cricket is no more a “gentleman’s game”.
Kapil Dev who was a part of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad requested the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to take strong action against such cricketers to set an example.
“Who’s saying cricket is a gentleman’s game? It’s not the gentleman’s game, it was!”said Kapil,
who also relived the memories of the 1983 World Cup triumph which India won under his leadership.
“What happened between those young people I think it was horrible. The cricket boards should take hard steps today so that tomorrow these types of mistakes do not happen,” Kapil said at an event,
Referring to the ugly post-match scenes in the U-19 World Cup final held last Sunday at Potchefstroom in South Africa.
“You lost the match, you have no right to go back to the ground and fight with anybody. Come back. You should give more blame to the captain, manager and the people who were sitting outside. Sometimes, if you are an 18-year-old boy, he doesn’t understand. But if you’re a manager, that’s your responsibility to take care of the situation,” he added.
Few of the players from Bangladesh went in the flow to celebrate their win over India in the final. While their skipper Akbar Ali apologized for the “unfortunate incident”, and on the other hand Indian captain Priyam Garg felt the incident should not have occurred.