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Makarand Waingankar, writing in the Hindu, says that while the BCCI’s move to disburse the one-time payment to many former cricketers is a wonderful gesture, the boards decision to ignore the contribution of Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Mohinder Amarnath and Syed Kirmani taints the magnanimity of the gesture.
Cricket's legends are players who have performed consistently in adversity and made a lasting impact on the game. It's this quality that attracts the masses. It's not that these legends are demanding recognition. Rather, it's the duty of the BCCI and associated people to show that public memory isn't short. Surely these legends deserve to be handled with respect at least. The BCCI would earn goodwill by being gracious to those who have merited it with their service to the country and the game.