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Indian legend Kapil Dev urged the country’s cricket players to prioritise playing for the national team over Indian Premier League, after the pre-tournament favourites were eliminated from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup ahead of semifinals.

“It’s time to look at the future. You should start planning right away. It’s not that since the World Cup is over, the Indian team’s entire cricket is also over. Go and plan,” Dev told ABP News.

“I just feel that there should have been some gap between IPL and the World Cup. But this is certainly there that our players today have a lot of exposure, but they could not make the most of it (at the T20 World Cup) as much as we hoped for.”

Kapil Dev insisted that there should be pride in playing for the country.

“When the players prefer to play IPL over playing for the country, what can we say? I believe that every player should feel proud playing for their country,” said the 1983 World Cup-winning all-rounder.

“I don’t know their financial conditions so I will not talk too much about that. But I believe that your national team should come first and after that franchise or any other team.”

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