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Bedi will be around at ICPA launch

Calcutta: Bishan Singh Bedi, one of the pioneers of the first players’ body in India, back in the mid-Seventies, has confirmed his presence at Tuesday’s launch of the Indian Cricket Players’ Association (ICPA).

According to secretary-designate Arun Lal, both Sunil Gavaskar (associated with the two previous bodies) and Kapil Dev (president of the defunct Indian Cricketers Association) have also been invited. Till late Monday, though, their arrival wasn’t confirmed.

As first reported by The Telegraph, Mansur Ali Khan ‘Tiger’ Pataudi is the president-designate, while the founder members will be Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri.

Meanwhile, according to a statement issued by Lal, it will be the ICPA’s “endeavour to aid and assist the Board in whatever way possible” and to “complement” the Board’s efforts to promote the sport further.

Incidentally, all first-class cricketers (past and present) are eligible for the ICPA membership. In time, a “democratically elected” managing committee will be put in place.

Pataudi, who won’t be present at the launch, will be around during Thursday’s fund-raiser.

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