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    BCCI grants amnesty to Kapil Dev

    Mumbai: The former India allrounder Kapil Dev has met with BCCI officials on Wednesday to conform his disassociation with the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL) - the now-defunct Twenty20 league that was not recognised by the ICC or the Indian board.

    Kapil, India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain, had joined the ICL in 2007. The BCCI responded by stopping his pension - normally available to retired Indian players - and he was removed from his position as chairman of the National Cricket Academy.

    In May, when the BCCI announced an extensive list of former cricketers due to receive a one-time monetary benefit, Kapil’s name had been missing. Rajiv Shukla, the IPL chairman, had then confirmed that Kapil was not eligible for the one-time benefit because he had not accepted the amnesty offered by the board in April 2009 for players and officials involved in the ICL.

    But after his meeting at the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, there is now the possibility of him working with the board again.

    BCCI welcomed him back with immediate effect disbursing his one-time benefit payment of Rs 1.5 crore.

    "The BCCI will now release the one-time benefit of Rs 1.5 crore for Kapil (for playing more than 100 Tests) and he will again be eligible for monthly gratis of Rs 35,000 from the board. His gratis arrears for the last five years will also be cleared with immediate effect," a senior BCCI official said.

    "BCCI is like a parent and we are like its children. Even during my earlier association, I have contributed for welfare of cricket and cricketers and even now I aim to do so," Kapil told the media persons.

    Kapil, 53, is India's most successful fast bowler with 434 Test wickets.