Kapil offers to quit ICL if his intention is proved wrong

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Bangalore, Aug 5 (UNI) Veteran cricketer Kapil Dev today offered to step down as Chief Executive Officer of Indian Cricket League (ICL) if proved that the rebel league had affected the promotion of the game in the country.

Talking to reporters at a private school on the outskirts of the city after interacting with the players of the ongoing ICL camp, he said if his ''detractors'' proved that he was doing something wrong by leading the ICL, he would give up the post ''today itself.'' ''Is promoting cricket a wrong thing? If certain people do not want us to do what we are doing, it is nothing but hypocrisy,'' he alleged.

Asked how he would compare the Indian Premier League (IPL) and ICL, he said the IPL was successful because of marketing, but ICL matches were great.

''My object is to see how best we can promote cricket. Who knows where the potential lies,'' he asked.

To a question, the Indian World Cup winning Captain said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should not discourage those who come forward to promote the game with the sole intention of encouraging youngsters.

Asked whether he was dissatisfied for not being awarded the 'Rahul Gandhi Khel Ratna Award' which was bagged by Indian ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at young age, Kapil said cricket was more important for him than awards. ''I will not regret for not getting Khel Ratna. I wish Dhoni all the best,'' he said.

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