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Kapil Dev Excluded: BCCI Omits Invitation for World Cup Final

Kapil Dev Excluded: BCCI Omits Invitation for World Cup Final

Kapil Dev Excluded: BCCI Omits Invitation for World Cup Final

Kapil Dev Excluded: BCCI Omits Invitation for World Cup Final

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  • Kapil Dev wasn’t invited to ICC World Cup 2023 final by BCCI.
  • He expressed disappointment, wanted ’83 team to join.
  • BCCI overlooked honoring them despite earlier plans.
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In a surprising turn of events, former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev has revealed that he was not invited by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to witness the ICC World Cup 2023 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This revelation came to light on Sunday as cricket enthusiasts eagerly awaited the clash between Australia and India, with both teams vying for cricket’s most coveted trophy.

Kapil Dev, who famously led India to their maiden World Cup triumph in 1983 by defeating the formidable West Indies side, expressed disappointment at not being extended an invitation for the prestigious event. He had hoped to gather the entire ’83 World Cup-winning team to join him in witnessing the epic encounter.

“I wasn’t invited there. They didn’t call me, so I did not go. As simple as that. I wanted the whole ’83 team to be there with me, but I guess due to the fact that it’s such a big event and people are so busy handling responsibilities, sometimes they forget,” said Kapil Dev when asked about his absence from the final.

There were earlier reports suggesting that the BCCI planned to invite all World Cup-winning captains and honor them during the innings break. However, it appears that Kapil Dev and his ’83 teammates were left out of the guest list for the grand occasion.

The ICC World Cup 2023 final, set against the backdrop of the Narendra Modi Stadium’s colossal stage and with over 130,000 spectators in attendance, showcased Australia, eyeing their sixth World Cup title, against an in-form and undefeated Indian team, seeking their first ICC trophy since 2013.

India, having set a target of 241 runs in the final after being all out in 50 overs, faced Australia’s formidable lineup led by captain Pat Cummins, who won the toss and elected to field first. Rohit Sharma, leading the Indian side, expressed his preference to bat first had he won the toss.

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As the cricketing world watched this high-stakes encounter, the absence of Kapil Dev and the ’83 World Cup-winning team from the stands became a talking point, raising questions about the BCCI’s oversight in not extending invitations to the heroes who laid the foundation for India’s cricketing glory.

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