When he first proposed the Indian team wear sponsors' logos on their shirts in 1987, the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) frowned upon the idea. When he took a bunch of Indian cricketers to play in the US in 1989, the
BCCI moved to ban him and those who went along. Today, Kapil Dev looks back at those milestones and chuckles as he recalls the
BCCI signing contracts with team sponsors and sending teams to play in Canada. He hopes to bring about a similar change in attitude within the board so that the Subhash Chandra-promoted Indian Cricket League
(ICL) would be a success in its inaugural season this year.
A day after he was named ICLexecutive board chairman, the former India captain insists he didn't make a business decision. "Someone has given me a challenging job to do," he tells Outlook, his shirt pocket proudly bearing the BCCI crest. "The focus is on putting our players through a very competitive tournament. Eventually, they should go out there and win the World Cup for India. You will always improve when...