Updated: April 28, 2020 10:43:31 pm
The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) has raised Rs 24 lakh to assist round 30 former gamers who’re in dire want of funds amid the continuing nationwide lockdown, a drive that has additionally discovered support from former captain Mohammad Azharuddin.
The resolution to assist the needy cricketers was taken at an ICA on-line assembly final Wednesday, its second for the reason that coronavirus-forced lockdown was enforced.
“Every player has contributed as per his capability. The most important thing is we made the appeal on Friday evening and by today, we have raised Rs 24 lakh,” ICA president Ashok Malhotra advised PTI.
Of the whole quantity raised thus far, Rs 10 lakh is ICA’s contribution.
Former India skipper Azharuddin has pledged to donate Rs 1 lakh, whereas former gamers such as Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy have additionally come ahead to assist with monetary help.
“This means people are connected to this initiative. And I am sure the amount will increase in the coming days so that we are able to help more players,” Malhotra stated.
“Till now we are saying that we will try to help 25-30 needy players but if the amount increases, then we can help more number of players. Players settled abroad have come forward in a big way.”
They will proceed the drive until May 16.
Malhotra, a reasonably profitable former first-class cricketer, stated he’s upset by the “lack of involvement of the big guns of Indian cricket.”
“Our top players are still not involved in this initiative. We are expecting that they will also join this initiative and help their fellow players who desperately need help.”
As many as 1750 former cricketers are registered with the ICA, India’s first-ever gamers’ affiliation which got here into being final yr.
The ICA had obtained an preliminary grant of Rs 2 crore from the BCCI in February to kick-start its operations.
At the second, the BCCI solely supplies pension to cricketers who’ve performed greater than 25 first-class video games.
The ICA needs that cricketers who’ve performed greater than 10 video games, must also be included within the pension scheme.
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