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Kapil Dev saddened by incident

London: “It would have been better if the issue was resolved either by the team managements or the two Boards, but I understand that some players regularly get away with certain things, which is why India escalated it...”

India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev didn’t take James Anderson’s name, but the reference clearly was to the England spearhead over his row with Ravindra Jadeja.

The charge and counter-charge are now being handled legally by the International Cricket Council.

Speaking to The Telegraph, at Lord’s, on Thursday, Kapil added: “Something did happen, which is sad. You want people to talk of cricket, not of off the field happenings.”