The Indian cricket board’s not too long ago fashioned gamers body, Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) held its first assembly right here on Monday, a day after the BCCI apex council allotted an preliminary grant of R2 crore. The ICA has 1,748 retired first-class cricketers who’ve performed no less than 10 matches. However, restricted funds and present India gamers being stored exterior its ambit are seen as limiting the body.
ICA could quickly must relocate out of Mumbai given the property charges in the metro. Bengaluru is in the quick-listing with Ahmedabad and Kolkata additionally being thought of. “ICA will continue to have its registered office in Mumbai. But we need to get affordable office space first, and that shall happen in 15-20 days. We have been promised more funds, so let’s see,” mentioned ICA president Ashok Malhotra, a former India batsman.
ICA officers say they’re exploring methods to develop into self-reliant in order that they don’t must knock on the BCCI’s door all the time. They have begun mind-storming on creating employment alternatives for cricketers put up-retirement.
One concept is to determine a pool of cricketers who’re into skilled teaching and search jobs. “The biggest asset we have is a massive database of cricketers. There is a wealth of talent there. They can be of use for associations on the lookout for coaches, the new North-East states for example. There are many other cricket jobs and we can be of help there,” says former India batsman Yajurvindra Singh, an ICA member consultant.
The two main proposals put forth by ICA in discussions with BCCI have been to offer extra medical insurance coverage and pension to all retired cricketers. Eligible gamers now get a life-time medical cowl of R5 lakh, however it’s deemed insufficient for aged gamers affected by illnesses. Discussions are additionally underway on rising pension. “The BCCI point of view is to give pension only to those above 55 as they argue the rest are employed and are hence covered. They have asked us to revise our proposal, but we believe there should be no such age limit and everyone should benefit. There will be more talks on these issues,” Malhotra mentioned.
However, minus present India gamers, ICA can’t take a professional-lively function in discussions on points like day-night time Tests or the 4-day Test proposal. Malhotra is hopeful his body could make a distinction in the future. “Unlike in the past, it’s not an association that will get closed down. We are here by the order of the Supreme Court. With so many cricketers on a single platform, players’ interest will be taken care of,” he mentioned.