'Glad our services have been recognised'
Vijay Lokapally, in the Hindu, speaks to several recipients of the BCCI's one-time benefit to Indian cricketers, their struggles during the playing days, their love of the game and what this reward means to them.
For Bhaskar, it was fate that he did not play for India. For seven years he was among the standbys. “I was almost there, but never actually there.” When he was picked in the eleven for an ODI at Jammu in 1988, it rained. At Dhaka, he was padded up to go in when riots stopped play following the Babri Masjid demolition.
However, Pradeep Magazine, in the Hindustan Times, is critical of the reported denial of the one-time benefit by the BCCI to Kirti Azad and Kapil Dev. He says challenging the board comes at a price that few people are willing to pay.
For something as "silly" as IPL, why would any "sensible" person lose out on the generosity of the Board. Slaves have no voices of thier own unless they want to break their shackles, but that freedom comes at a price. Ask those who have benefited immensely by being "His Master's Voice". Compensation from the Board comes in many guises.
Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo