Kapil Dev hails city's passion

Calcutta: India's first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev feels it's time the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recognised the private academies across the country.

"It's time the Board recognised the private academies. It will only benefit the country in nurturing talent…

The Board can also help financially and support the infrastructure of these academies," the legendary all-rounder said at the inauguration of a bowling machine at Mainland Sambaran Cricket Academy at Vivekananda Park on Wednesday.

He was also surprised by the enthusiasm of the kids. "I'm very impressed by the passion shown by the kids here…

In North India there's no passion, only dil… Here you have both dil and passion," said Kapil.

"Parents are not very keen to see children play cricket in North India… Here you can find parents encouraging the kids to take up cricket."

Kapil also pointed out the importance of sponsors in the modern era.

"The role of sponsors is very important.

"Cricket has evolved over the years… Mannerisms play an important part in today's game."

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