Former India captain Kapil Dev is of the opinion that a cricket board and its administration should have the ultimate power and authority, rather than the players in the team.Speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak on Tuesday, Kapil said that giving too much power to the players doesn’t work in favour of the team.”If you give a lot of power to the players, nobody will refuse or disagree with that. But your selectors and board has to be equally powerful. If the board falls weak then the players become really strong.”But sometimes the players should not be stronger, the administration should be stronger. Administration was strong in our time. But these days 15 players are accompanied by 18 support staff members. From whatever I have played, I don’t think this is right,” Kapil said at Agenda Aaj Tak.The 1983 World Cup-winning captain went on to add that it is difficult to keep the team united when it is overcrowded with members in the support staff.”I don’t think there should be too many support staff members because you want to stay in a unit. It’s like a family. If it gets overcrowded you don’t get the chance to listen to everybody. It is a family and the captain and coach need to keep the team together,” he said.The exit of former coach Anil Kumble last year remains a controversial episode in Indian cricket after Virat Kohli’s team publically disapproved of the legendary leg-spinner’s ways of coaching.Kumble had to ultimately step down after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy after just a one-year stint with the team.advertisementKohli and the rest of the players were slammed in the media for the way they turned on Kumble, who was delivering the results up until that point.Kapil also spoke on the matter, saying that the players decision will be based on what they feel comfortable in if they have been given the authority to pick and choose the coach.”I don’t know what happened during Anil Kumble’s exit but there should be respect when someone like a coach or captain has to leave the team.”How the administration deals with that is also a big factor. If you leave it to the players, they will do what they feel is comfortable for them,” Kapil said.Also Read | Kapil’s Devils more handsome than Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup-winning team: GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Just like Kohli, I will run shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup: Kapil DevAlso Read | Kapil Dev would have gone for Rs 25 crore in IPL auctions: Sunil Gavaskar
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited global businesses to invest in India, saying the historic reduction in corporate tax rates by his government created a golden opportunity and promised more measures to improve the business climate. Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum here, the Prime Minister said India offers a golden opportunity for investment in the country. “If you want to invest in a market where there is scale, come to India… If you want to invest in start-ups with a huge market, come to India…If you want to invest in one of the world’s largest infrastructure ecosystem, come to India,” he told global corporates. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkModi further told the gathering that India is rapidly modernising its cities and equipping them with the latest technology and citizen-friendly infrastructure. “Thus if you want to invest in urbanisation, come to India,” he said. He said India had also opened its defence industry “like never before” and sought investments in the sector. There is a government in India which respects the business world and values wealth creation, he said, adding the government has been taking big and hard decisions to improve the business environment. “Let me tell you; the new government is only three-four month old. I want to assure that this is only the beginning. Still, there is a long way to go. In this journey, we want to partner with the global business community. This is a golden opportunity for you,” Modi said. India is aiming to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25.