With cricket matches suspended within the metropolis owing to the lockdown to forestall the unfold of coronavirus, a variety of native umpires and scorers, who’re solely depending on it, are going through monetary issues.
However, due to a gaggle of umpires, led by former Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) managing committee member and ex-BCCI umpire Ganesh Iyer, they’re discovering a ray of hope.
The group of umpires have created a fund particularly for the umpires and scorers whose livelihood relies on native matches.
“We, umpires have formed a group ‘Lending a Hand’ to help umpires and scorers whose livelihood depends on cricket,” Iyer instructed PTI on Thursday.
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“We appealed to the members to contribute voluntarily. We have also identified those scorers and umpires, whose livelihood is dependent on local matches.”Till now we have now been profitable in elevating Rs 2.5 lakh and the method of elevating funds will proceed. Just a few of the present Apex Council members of the Mumbai Cricket Association have additionally chipped in generously.”According to Iyer, every of the scorers and umpires can be given Rs 3,000 individually.
“By Friday, 47 umpires and 15 scorers — a total 62 persons, would have been given the first amount of Rs 3000 each, the process of payment began yesterday through credits directly into their bank accounts and the next instalments (would be given) in next 7-10 days,” he mentioned.
Iyer mentioned few umpires and scorers, whose youngsters are properly settled, didn’t take the cash and requested to assist the needy first.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to 50 deaths within the nation to date and contaminated 2,000 individuals, has introduced cricketing exercise throughout the globe to a halt.Globally, the lethal illness has claimed over 40,000 lives.