BCCI, IOA must sort dates issues: Kapil Dev

Chandigarh: With the India-Australia cricket series clashing with the Commonwealth Games, former captain Kapil Dev on Sunday said administration and BCCI should sort out the issue keeping in mind that the country is hosting such a prestigious event.

India is to play its first Test against the Aussies from October 2 and the second Test from October 10.

“It is for the administration and the Cricket Board to see what should be done. They have to see that the country is hosting such a prestigious event (CWG),” Kapil said on the sidelines of receiving the Queen’s Relay Baton.

The Games, which are going to be India’s biggest sporting extravaganza after the Asian Games in 1982, are scheduled to be played in New Delhi between October 3-14.

CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi has also sought Sports Minister M S Gill’s help to convince the BCCI to reschedule the two-Test rubber.

Meanwhile, Kapil volunteered to bring back the ashes of Pooran Singh, who migrated to Australia from Punjab in 1899 and died there in 1947.

It was Pooran’s last wish that his ashes should be immersed in the Ganges.

“I am committed to get back Pooran’s ashes from Australia and hand them over to his family in India,” he said.

Pooran’s family lives in a village close to Jalandhar and they have expressed their inability to afford the cost of travel to Australia, where his ashes have been preserved.

“I am waiting for the visa and other formalties. I hope to travel to Australia this month or in early August,” Kapil added.