Pradeep Sangwan must learn from mistakes, says Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev said it is imperative for young cricketers to learn from mistakes made by others and not repeat them © Getty Images

Kolkata: Jul 20, 2013

Kapil Dev has advised young cricketers to learn from other’s mistakes and not get involved in controversies. This came in response to a question about Kolkata Knight Riders’ Pradeep Sangwan, who failed a random dope test during the Indian Premier League 2013.

Doping is the latest controversy to hit Indian cricket especially after the IPL 2013 spot-fixing scandal. Kapil said, “I don’t talk negatives. If the young boys cannot learn from other people’s mistakes then it’s a sad thing. Whatever happened I don’t know. I just want to wish everybody good luck.”

When asked about the spot-fixing controversy, Kapil said: “If you play good cricket, a lot of bad things get hidden. But we don’t want to hide anything.

“We should have clean cricket as this country loves the game more than anything else. It’s the only thing that can unite the country.”

Kapil was the chief guest at the Cricket Association of Bengal‘s annual awards ceremony held in Kolkata on Saturday. Kapil further thanked the interim BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and hailed him as the most sought after cricket administrator in the country.

He further showered praise on Kolkata saying that the passion of the city for cricket is equal to that of football in Brazil.

“Kolkata is a very joyful city. People of the city are mad, they are crazy, you can put it anyway. Either they can love you or hate you. This city has a charm of its own. It’s unmatched and can compare this with the football fervour in Brazil,” he concluded.

(With inputs from PTI)