NEW DELHI, July 16 (PTI): The BCCI today granted amnesty to former India wicket-keeper Kiran More, paving the way for his return to the fold of the parent cricket body and making him eligible for the one-time benefit payment.
More, who had joined rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), back in 2007 along with former India captain Kapil Dev and several others, was banned by the BCCI with immediate effect.
The decision to grant More amnesty was taken at BCCI�s Working Committee here.
�More�s amnesty application has been accepted,� Senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla told reporters .
Prior to the fifth edition of the IPL, More had written to the BCCI seeking amnesty, having rejected the same offer in 2009. He was a chief selector before joining now defunct ICL.
As far as the benefit scheme goes, More who has played 49 Tests and 94 ODIs will be eligible for a payment of Rs 60 lakh.
Along with it his pension, which had been freezed, will also be restored and all arrears are likely to be cleared.
Barca in 60m euro deal for Neymar
Rio de Janeiro, July 16 (IANS): Barcelona has reportedly won the race to sign Brazilian sensation Neymar by securing a 60 million-euro deal for the striker.
The Catalan club is hopeful of bringing Neymar to the Camp Nou after the Olympic Games although it is unlikely he will move before the 2013-14 season, reports Xinhua.
The 20-year-old is currently contracted with Brazilian club Santos until the 2014 World Cup.
Barcelona is understood to have made a down-payment for the star which guarantees his transfer to the reigning FIFA Club World Cup champions.
News of the deal follows calls from former Brazil international strikers Ronaldo and Rivaldo for Neymar to join a European club to fulfil his potential.
The reported deal ends the hopes of Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid, which have also expressed their interest in the starlet.