May 16, 2012

Indian cricket

Abid Ali thrilled with BCCI reward

Carlyle Laurie

Former India allrounder Syed Abid Ali, now based in California, has said that BCCI’s decision to reward him with Rs 60 lakhs for his contribution to Indian cricket made him “feel as great as winning a match”. Speaking to Clayton Murzello from Mid-Day, he said that the reward came at a time when he needed it the most.

“The reason I am so grateful is because I really need the money. Somehow, God has sent it to the BCCI and the people there have been gracious enough to pass it on. At the moment, it feels as great as winning a match,” Abid Ali said.

“I want to do something for my country. No one gave me an extended opportunity… not even Andhra. I really want to do some coaching in India. Coming to America has taught me how one should be professional. I’d love to get involved with Indian cricket,” he said.

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