ICA Requested 1750 members to help former Ranji Trophy cricketers
The Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) has requested all of its 1750 members to contribute at least 1,000 rupees to support around 30 former Ranji Trophy players who are not eligible to get the pension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) chairman Ashok Malhotra has appealed to legends of the game and star former cricketers to contribute to the welfare of the former Ranji Trophy players who are facing a financial crisis due to the lockdown imposed by the government of India to control the spread of Coronavirus.
“These players have finished their careers but are not getting a pension from anywhere. They were either working in an academy or running an academy. Since they have no other source of income, we aim to provide them 25,000 rupees per month till the time the lockdown is in force. Some of them need medical assistance as well,” said Malhotra. “We have asked the eligible cricketers to apply for the assistance by May 15.”
To identify the beneficiaries from five zones, the ICA has formed an eight-member committee. It comprises five ICA members (including Malhotra) and BCCI Apex Council members Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy and Indian Premier League Governing Council member Surender Khanna. “The committee will make the final list of beneficiaries who are in dire need of money.”
According to Malhotra, several former cricketers have promptly responded to ICA’s request. “Aman Kumar and Ashwini Kumar from Haryana were the first ones to respond. Three USA-based cricketers: R.S. Ghai, Ashöok Patel, and Balkar Singh have also contributed. I appeal to the legends and star cricketers to contribute to the cause.” Former India skipper Azharuddin has pledged to donate one lakh rupees, along with former pacer Rajinder Singh Ghai, who also donated one lakh.
Malhotra said even though this effort would not be for a lifetime, the ICA would continue to work for the well-being of the cricketing fraternity.
The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) has raised Rs 24 lakh to help around 30 former players who are in dire need of funds amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown. Out of 24 lakh, the total amount raised so far, Rs 10 lakh is s ICA’s contribution.
“Every player has contributed as per his capability. The most important thing is we appealed on Friday evening and by today, we have raised Rs 24 lakh,” ICA president Ashok Malhotra said.