Greats like Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have pledged their assist to Indian Cricketers Affiliation’s (ICA) initiative to financially assist round 30 needy gamers amid the nationwide lockdown, mentioned its president Ashok Malhotra. The ICA has up to now raised Rs 39 lakh to assist former cricketers who’re in dire want of funds. “Large names like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Gautam Gambhir and Gundappa Viswanath have joined us and that may be a main increase to our initiative. A company from Gujarat has additionally provided its assist,” Malhotra instructed PTI.
It has been learnt that likes of Gavaskar, Dev and Gambhir have additionally made monetary contributions to the trigger.
Mohammad Azharuddin had pledged his monetary assist earlier this week.
The ICA will proceed to simply accept donations until Might 15, following which it’s going to shortlist 5-6 cricketers from every zone (north, east, west, south and central).
“Cricketers who haven’t got jobs, who do not get pension from the BCCI or their respective state associations will probably be provided assist,” Malhotra had mentioned earlier.
The ICA has contributed Rs 10 lakh to the initiative. As many as 1750 former cricketers are registered with the ICA, India’s first-ever gamers’ affiliation which got here into being final 12 months.
The ICA had acquired an preliminary grant of Rs 2 crore from the BCCI in February to kick-start its operations.