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Former India captain Kapil Dev broke his silence on the BCCI’s decision to drop star players from central annual contracts. The legendary player backed the Indian cricket governing body’s decision to cancel the contracts of the players for skipping domestic cricket tournaments. Dev said that it was a much-needed step, and will help to protect events like Ranji Trophy. However, the former India player refrained from taking any names and said it was a long overdue decision. 

Notably, the BCCI recently announced men’s central contracts and while renewing the contract, the governing body took the bold decision to drop a few names. Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were among the names dropped from the list. The decision garnered quite a stir and several experts and former players have spoken about it. 

Desh se badhkar koi nahi: Kapil Dev on BCCI’s decision

The 1983 World Cup-winning captain welcomed the decision by the body and said that the country always comes first. Dev told PTI, "I am so happy that the cricket board has taken a step forward for first-class cricket. The boys must play that, it's good for the country. Whatever is good for the country, I feel happy about that. Yes, few players will suffer...kuch ko takleef hogi...hone do, lekin desh se badhkar koi nahi hai. Well done."

Watch Kapil Dev praises BCCI's decision:

He added, "I congratulate the BCCI for taking the much-needed step to protect the status of domestic cricket. I was sad to see domestic cricket being given the skip by players once they had established themselves in international cricket.”