When Pran offered to finance Kapil Dev's Australia trip

According to Kapil Dev (right), Pran had sent a nasty letter to BCCI and offered to finance the cricketer if they are not willing to © IANS and bollywoodlife.com

Mumbai: Jul 13, 2013
 
Late actor Pran’s brilliance on screen earned him great laurels and respect but very little is known about his kind and generous side off the screen which benefited Indian cricketer Kapil Dev. The actor’s love for cricket helped Dev to travel to Australia for training.
 
According to Zee News, Pran had offered to fund the Indian cricketer’s trip to Australia after he read reports in the newspaper about Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) refusal to finance the all-rounder’s trip.
 
Recounting the moment, Dev said, “Actually, the board (BCCI) had refused to pay for the training and that report got published in the newspapers. This came to the notice of Pran Saab, an avid cricket lover.
 
“Pran Saab always felt that I had the potential of becoming a good player. So he wrote a nasty letter to the board and said, ‘If you don’t pay for his training, I’ll pay it.’ Miraculously, the board decided to finance me and I underwent the required training — all thanks to Pran Saab,” he added.
 
The thespian has acted in over 400 films known for his villainous roles. He passed away at Lilavati hospital on Friday due to prolonged illness.