The Indian Cricketers’ Affiliation (ICA) has raised Rs 24 lakh to assist round 30 former gamers who’re in dire want of funds amid the continued nationwide lockdown, a drive that has additionally discovered help from former captain Mohammad Azharuddin. The choice to assist the needy cricketers was taken at an ICA on-line assembly final Wednesday, its second because the coronavirus-forced lockdown was enforced.
“Each participant has contributed as per his functionality. A very powerful factor is we made the attraction on Friday night and by at the moment, we’ve got raised Rs 24 lakh,” ICA president Ashok Malhotra instructed PTI.
Of the overall quantity raised to date, Rs 10 lakh is ICA’s contribution.
Former India skipper Azharuddin has pledged to donate Rs one lakh, together with former pacer Rajinder Singh Ghai, who additionally donated comparable quantity, whereas former gamers similar to Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy have additionally come ahead to assist with monetary assist.
“This implies individuals are linked to this initiative. And I’m positive the quantity will enhance within the coming days in order that we’re in a position to assist extra gamers,” Malhotra stated.
“Until now we’re saying that we are going to attempt to assist 25-30 needy gamers but when the quantity will increase, then we can assist extra variety of gamers. Gamers settled overseas have come ahead in an enormous means. They are going to proceed the drive until Might 16.”
Malhotra, a reasonably profitable former first-class cricketer, stated he’s upset by the “lack of involvement of the massive weapons of Indian cricket.”
“Our high gamers are nonetheless not concerned on this initiative. We expect that they may also be part of this initiative and assist their fellow gamers who desperately need assistance.”
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.
For the time being, the BCCI solely gives 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.