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Kapil Dev makes peace with BCCI after cutting Cricket League ties

The former Indian captain has severed his ties with the now-defunct ICL which had led to him being banned by the country's cricket board

Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev during a visit to Dubai
Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev during a visit to Dubai

MUMBAI // Indian cricket chiefs have called a truce with former skipper Kapil Dev after the legendary player agreed to cut his ties with

The Indian Cricket League, a city-based franchise model launched in 2007 was immediately banned by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) - as were the cricketers who were part of it.

The Indian Premier League was started by the board the following year.

Dev, the 1983 World Cup-winning captain has resigned from the now-defunct ICL and has pledged his support for the board in a letter, the BCCI said in a statement.

"The BCCI acknowledges Mr. Kapil Dev's immense contribution to Indian cricket and looks forward to a fruitful association with him in the years to come," the statement said.

Dev was earlier excluded from the BCCI's one-time benefit scheme for former cricketers which will entitle him to a payment of 10 million rupees (about $177,715).

His decision should make him eligible again to receive his pension money, if as expected he is granted amnesty.

Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More, who was also part of the ICL, was recently granted amnesty by the board.

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