'I think nobody is above the government or law, it may be the cricket board or any other association. Perhaps it personally hurts BCCI and so they are saying no to this bill. I don't mind losing anything if my country is benefitted and that should be the mentality,' said Kapil at a FICCI function here yesterday.
'If it benefits the entire sporting fraternity, it should come into effect. One should understand that this bill is for the betterment of everyone. Personal interests cannot be bigger than the nation. The attitude should be country comes first,' said Kapil, who led the team to 1983 World Cup win.
The controversial Bill is expected to be introduced in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.
On the issue of bringing BCCI under the purview of the RTI Act, Kapil said, 'Well...I am not that qualified enough to answer this question. I think, when the situation arises, the experts dealing with the issue can give you the answer.'
BCCI, which is an autonomous body, and some other sports organisations such as Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have opposed the legislation.
Last week, the BCCI shot off a 29-page letter to the Sports Minister Ajay Maken, giving in detail their reasons for objecting the controversial bill which seeks to regulate the functioning of sports bodies.
The letter points out that the BCCI was not required to be brought under RTI as it was transparent and its accounts were put up on its website. It also followed the tenure and age restrictions as envisaged in the bill with all the office-bearers having limited tenures.