IPL 2012 April 3, 2012

BCCI announces 'one-time benefit' for Indian players

ESPNcricinfo staff

The BCCI president N Srinivasan has announced a "one-time benefit" scheme for Indian cricketers from the proceeds of the play-off games of this year's IPL. Srinivasan made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the IPL today in Chennai.

"I would like to say that from the proceeds of the play-off games of the IPL, the BCCI will give a one-time benefit to those [players] who have graced Indian cricket - international as well as those who have played domestic cricket for a long time," Srinivasan said. "Over 185 players will benefit from this. This is a small thank you to those who have done yeoman service to Indian cricket."

Srinivasan further said that the BCCI had used the money generated from the IPL for promoting the game in India. "The BCCI has made good use of the success of IPL. The BCCI has distributed funds to all associations so that infrastructure, training facilities and academies are developed so that young cricketers have ample opportunities to become good players and knock on the national selection doors."

Srinivasan's announcement was preceded by the captains of the nine IPL teams signing the Spirit of Cricket pledge. The opening ceremony featured performances by several Indian movie artistes including Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Prabhu Deva, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Also among the performers was American star Katy Perry.

The IPL kicks off tomorrow with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Mumbai Indians in Chennai.

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  • C. on April 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    I fully agree with Mr. raman. The Opening Ceremony was a complete JOKE!! it was BORING from start to end, even the crowd present at the venue seemed to have lost interest after the first half an hour that they had to be egged on to applaud & cheer.... it was more of a circus.Yes we wud have loved to see the cricketers themselves of all teams in some part of the prog atleast. I shudder to think of how much money was pumped into that meaningless opening ceremony..... KATY PERRY indeed! does she even know that there is a game called 'cricket" played??????? KAreena Kapoor looked like she was forcing herself to smile & perform. As for Mr Bachchan.......sigh........Hope the tournament itself is better that its opening ceremony & lives up to the expectations of the billion cricket fans. May the best team win!!

  • Adeel on April 4, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    BCCI being the power horse and money holder in the India should work to support and fund other sports as well.

    BCCI can use it's huge infrastructure, money and power to improve the standards of other sports and they can also fund them to revive and reach new glory. This will be great if they can become sponsor of Olympic sports.

  • Muthuvel on April 4, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Even very good news coming from this guy sounds a bit scandalous.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I have a suggestion to make IPL more Positive.

    Why can't BCCI announce a charity fund from IPL where each 4 's & 6 's can contribute to the fund. i.e., - WHEN A PLAYER HITS A SIX OR A FOUR, HE IS HELPING A LOT OF PEOPLE TO SEE THE LIGHT OF HOPE-



  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    BCCI has been generous from time to time. Indian Cricketers are really lucky.

  • Senthil on April 4, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    This is not some social service business, where old cricketers must be honoured in some way just for playing or "toiling" in domestic cricket. Who goes to watch these stupid domestic games? What revenue does it generate? Retired cricketers should be grateful for whatever they are getting from the IPL. Who says the older guys played for pride or for India? They too represented BCCI, not India, exactly like the present lot. They played for pride? Really? Most of them had honorary jobs too, did they not? They got paid much less than today's cricketers, but much more than they generated through the sport. Today's cricketers make a small fraction of what they generate.

    The IPL is a business, and it is in the business of entertainment. It is not here to improve society like some government run TV channels. It provides something special and makes a lot of money because we love it. It has done two things - pay properly and recruit new cricket fans - that nobody did before.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    i agree with views of raman muthuswamy and us_indian. the amount shall not be a pittance and the eligible guys should be the ones who played for india only for pride and not for bankrolls like the present guys!also the money should reach beneficiaries directly and not routed thro elsewhere so that pilferage enroute is avoided in toto!

  • naveen kumar on April 4, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    I dont think it is rare nice idea. In the past they have also announced pension schemes and various benefit schemes to old players. Never the less it is good think.. But one thing that is very important is the accountability in the system. Who is going to be accountable if the money to states are miss used.

  • Asker on April 4, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Well the idea is not a bad one but the beneficiaries should be only those older generation players who were not playing cricket from 1983 and beyond, which means only those players should benefit who gave away their every thing just for pride and the love of the game who got pittance as compared to the newer generation guys and who were not involved in any way like becoming commentators or coaches or holding any office related to cricket in india and made money or i would say sidelined by the BCCI and its cronies. At least the generation of cricketers who played during the eighties and beyond were duly rewarded and there was CBFS-Sharjah etc. Why I am writing this is because when I read that a Great allrounder like Salim Durrani was rewarded a sum of IRS 15 lakhs and at the same time guys like Yuvraj was rewarded a sum of IRS 5 crores, that was a real bad joke and slap on the face of the old war horse. A minimum of 10 tests or 5 years and for a ranji player 5-10 years services.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    The players concerned themselves would know what they'd get is just a PITTANCE .. it is all PR-gimmicks of the Board, while billions go into thin air !!

    Coming to the Opening function .. the scribes might say "Spectacular" .. "Colourful" but it is all sound & fury .. with of course, buxom-beauties displayed their wares, in tune with the T20 tradition ! For the millions of viewers & spectators it was boring .. tiresome .. damn squibb ! But a few billions were evaporated .. who're the real beneficiaries--NOT the cricket fans !!

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