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The BCCI's decision to give Rs 70 crore ($13 million) to former national and domestic players, seemed to be a noble gesture, but it has turned it into a tool to settle scores with, writes Gulu Ezekiel in the Hindustan Times.
The payments are supposed to honour those who graced the game of cricket in India according to the BCCI’s own announcement. Many of those who will benefit played in the days when cricket had few monetary benefits. But it now appears that it’s being used as a payoff to seal the lips of the cricket fraternity and buy their loyalty.