"Go to hell," BCCI president Sharad Pawar told reporters angrily, when he was pressed for a reaction to the ICL's announcement of a list of 51 players. Despite being around for nearly eight decades, the BCCI handled the situation badly—and predictably. Instead of either talking to ICL or ignoring it altogether, it reacted like a petulant lord. It sacked ICL's executive board chairman Kapil Dev, the prize catch, as National Cricket Academy (NCA) boss and also severed all relations with those who had signed up with ICL. That led Kapil, impulsive as ever, to threaten to go on a hunger strike to protest BCCI's injustice against the 'brave' young players.