MUMBAI: Legendary Kapil Dev on Thursday termed the unsavoury incident involving budding Indian and Bangladeshi players after the recent ICC U-19 World Cup as "horrible", saying cricket is not any more a "gentleman's game".
The 1983 World Cup-winning India captain urged the BCCI to require strong action against erring cricketers to line an example.
"Who's saying cricket may be a gentleman's game? it isn't the gentleman's game, it was!" said Kapil, who also relived the memories of the 1983 World Cup triumph which India won under his leadership.
Two Indians -- Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi -- and three Bangladeshi players -- Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan -- were found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after a couple of players from both the edges nearly came to blows after Bangladesh beat India by three wickets to win their maiden U-19 World Cup title.
"What happened between those children i feel it had been horrible. The cricket boards should take hard steps today in order that tomorrow these sort of mistakes don't happen," Kapil said at an occasion , pertaining to the ugly post-match scenes within the U-19 World Cup final held last Sunday at Potchefstroom in South Africa .
"You lost the match, you've got no right to travel back to the bottom and fight with anybody. Come back. you ought to give more blame to the captain, manager and therefore the people that were sitting outside.
Sometimes, if you're an 18-year-old boy, he doesn't understand. But if you are a manager, that's your responsibility to require care of things ," he added.
Some of the Bangladeshi players got over excited with their celebration after their historic convert India within the final.
While their captain Akbar Ali apologised for the "unfortunate incident", his Indian counterpart Priyam Garg felt the episode shouldn't have happened.