India news May 12, 2012

BCCI confirms benefit of $13m to ex-players

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The BCCI has ratified a one-time benefit payment to former national and domestic players, totalling approximately Rs 70 crore ($13 million), for their services to Indian cricket. The decision, first announced at the IPL opening ceremony, was confirmed at the board's Working Committee meeting in Chennai today.

The money will come from the proceeds of the IPL playoff games, BCCI president N Srinivasan had earlier said. "This is a small thank you to those who have done yeoman service to Indian cricket."

The scheme, applicable to players who retired before the 2003-04 season, stands to benefit around 160 cricketers. The payments will be made in seven categories, with the top payments going to players who have played more than 100 Tests. Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar fall under this category, and will receive Rs 1.5 crore ($280,000 approx) each.

Other retired Test players will get between Rs 35 lakhs and Rs 1 crore, depending on the number of games they have played. Domestic players who have played 100 and more first-class games will be awarded Rs 30 lakhs, while those who have played 75-99 first-class matches will get Rs 25 lakh each.

It is not yet clear, though, whether Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma, who were both banned for life on match-fixing charges, will benefit from the scheme.

The announcement was welcomed by two India greats, Chandu Borde and Bapu Nadkarni. "Good Lord, it's fantastic," said Borde, who led India in one Test on the 1967-68 tour of Australia, when the regular captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was injured and unavailable to play. He played 55 Tests between 1958 and 1969 and stands to gain Rs. 75 lakh.

Borde's team-mate, the allrounder Bapu Nadkarni, said he had been expecting this sort of an announcement for some time now, having pursued the matter with other former cricketers and former BCCI president Sharad Pawar.

"To be frank, we have been discussing this with Sharad Pawar for the last two to three years. He had promised us it would be done. I heard after the last meeting of the Board that something was coming," Nadkarni said. He will receive Rs 60 lakh for his 41 Tests, played between 1955 and 1968.

"It was time we got something like this as expenses have been mounting with the price rise and medical expenses too going up," Nadkarni said. "We are living on what we had saved from our jobs which, you are aware, were not high-paying in those days."

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  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Its a pleasing decision for former test cricketers, but I believe there are several other cricketers who have given their lives for the game bit couldnt play a single test match. This also applies to several first class cricketers from all states. BCCI should make an order for all state associations to distribute a certain portion of the annual fund for the welfare of ex-first class cricketers eg: by giving pension. HOPE SOMETHING WILL CROP UP SOON

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | May 14, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    excellent initiative, only they should continue with it with the rest of the IPL versions and not stop at this - that this year's IPL is so competitive with full stadiums and all clearly makes it the biggest and most successful version to date - rock on IPL!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 14, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Facilitating ex cricketers is a very much welcome move from BCCI.. But more than the guys on the paper, we have some of domestic stalwarts who groomed many players at grass root level and are still serving the game rather than the guys who are still very well paid by media and BCCI jobs..

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    It would have been better on the part of BCCI to circulate these money to the most person in need. The top payers who had represented India at international cricket already making huge amount of money through various media involvements. The unknown indian players at both domestic and international level need much of the financial help than the stars. The BCCI should have done a complete research work before this announcement.

  • POSTED BY ks24funda on | May 13, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Giving Gavaskar Kapil Dev , Shastri , Krisnamchari Shrekanth , and others who are still active in BCCI and getting salary , is waste of money, simple . If BCCI want to work according to some rule then it should be like players who played less then 45 test should only come in this category .and all first class cricketers who played more than 40 first class match should get 25 lacs .excluding the one who are in above category .

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    A great News finally coming in Indian cricket and I think ICC should now also act and help former cricketers who have given service to world cricket.

  • POSTED BY D.Sharma on | May 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    What an absolute waste of money. Some of those cricketers don't even need it.

  • POSTED BY deepak_sholapurkar on | May 13, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I agree with ABP235, Board need to filter out the people who are having good earning. Or these players them self should decline.

  • POSTED BY Robby12345 on | May 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Good gesture but ill directed!The message that BCCI should send through these payments is that if you are good enough to compete at a high level,its not going to be a waste.Giving folks like Gavaskar,Shastri etc what they earn in a quarter is an utter waste...look for folks who really need it and deserve it.But then,this is the BCCI....

  • POSTED BY cricket4every on | May 13, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Participation in SLPL..participation of pakistan team in CL20. is it happening for Acian Cricket Council's Top Post?

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Its a pleasing decision for former test cricketers, but I believe there are several other cricketers who have given their lives for the game bit couldnt play a single test match. This also applies to several first class cricketers from all states. BCCI should make an order for all state associations to distribute a certain portion of the annual fund for the welfare of ex-first class cricketers eg: by giving pension. HOPE SOMETHING WILL CROP UP SOON

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | May 14, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    excellent initiative, only they should continue with it with the rest of the IPL versions and not stop at this - that this year's IPL is so competitive with full stadiums and all clearly makes it the biggest and most successful version to date - rock on IPL!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 14, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Facilitating ex cricketers is a very much welcome move from BCCI.. But more than the guys on the paper, we have some of domestic stalwarts who groomed many players at grass root level and are still serving the game rather than the guys who are still very well paid by media and BCCI jobs..

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    It would have been better on the part of BCCI to circulate these money to the most person in need. The top payers who had represented India at international cricket already making huge amount of money through various media involvements. The unknown indian players at both domestic and international level need much of the financial help than the stars. The BCCI should have done a complete research work before this announcement.

  • POSTED BY ks24funda on | May 13, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Giving Gavaskar Kapil Dev , Shastri , Krisnamchari Shrekanth , and others who are still active in BCCI and getting salary , is waste of money, simple . If BCCI want to work according to some rule then it should be like players who played less then 45 test should only come in this category .and all first class cricketers who played more than 40 first class match should get 25 lacs .excluding the one who are in above category .

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    A great News finally coming in Indian cricket and I think ICC should now also act and help former cricketers who have given service to world cricket.

  • POSTED BY D.Sharma on | May 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    What an absolute waste of money. Some of those cricketers don't even need it.

  • POSTED BY deepak_sholapurkar on | May 13, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I agree with ABP235, Board need to filter out the people who are having good earning. Or these players them self should decline.

  • POSTED BY Robby12345 on | May 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Good gesture but ill directed!The message that BCCI should send through these payments is that if you are good enough to compete at a high level,its not going to be a waste.Giving folks like Gavaskar,Shastri etc what they earn in a quarter is an utter waste...look for folks who really need it and deserve it.But then,this is the BCCI....

  • POSTED BY cricket4every on | May 13, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Participation in SLPL..participation of pakistan team in CL20. is it happening for Acian Cricket Council's Top Post?

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | May 13, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    What difference will it make to Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, by giving them 1 Crore on top of what they are making thro their TV committments. As ABP as pointed out, let the BCCI identify cricketers who made a mark in domestic and make them secure. Kanwaljeet Singh, KN Anathapadmanabhan, Asish Zaidi, Madhavan, Naresh Churi, Amol Majumdar ... to name a few. Will sense prevail.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 13, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Amazing how many people picked up on a typo and chose to ride the "make fun of BCCI" wave, instead of giving kudos where it matters! The logic that some senior cricketers do not need this sort of money is absurd, as the BCCI cannot be discriminating who gets paid depending on their current financial status. It has to set its own standards and it has done that very well. Compared to all other sports in India, cricket has taken care of its fraternity very well, by and large. There is much to appreciate in this move, adding to the wealth of information in the Bradman Oration Dravid gave in Australia, that highlighted many less known facts. Indian cricket is in a very healthy place, and hopefully it will make effective contributions to world cricket in the years to come.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    well for all those who were yelling on the ill effects of IPL.......here comes the irony.It's all because of IPL that these vintage and helpless (not all) old cricketers are getting a mean to earn their lively-hood.So stop shouting about ipl...." LONG LIVE THE IPL"

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | May 12, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    My goodness something happened all of a sudden to BCCI. I hope its no calmness before another thunderstorm. By the way good move guys. Who is this new guy Ajay Sharma ? Haven't heard of him before, can some one highlight for me please. I know Ajay Jadeja for sure no Ajay Sharma. The only thing BCCI can still do is to look after players who haven't reached their minimum quota but are struggling with poverty. No need of huge ransom, even a small amount would mean a lot to them.

  • POSTED BY punter18 on | May 12, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    All former players are getting their pensions since 2003 (when it was announced in news channels); it would have made no difference to the current financial position of the former players even if the gesture had not taken place. Then why on earth is Mr. Nadkarni saying that all that he is spending comes through what he had saved during his working (playing) days? Also, a news channel featured a segment where even the domestic players were admitting to the fact that even if they do not make it to the international level, they were earning enough for three square meals a day for themselves and their families. Unless of course, if their salaries remained constant in the face of rising cost of living would be a cause of concern. But who doesn't get a salary hike?

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | May 12, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @Mustafa Zaheeruddin...Dude this 70 crore is loose change for azhar bhai....he is a politician now..:)

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Well a good step....but what about those players who are disappeared in oblivion..like Kamran Khan...and many others...With DUE Respect and no Offence intended i wanna say People like Kapil,Sunny,Colnel,and many others probably dont need money...I am in opinion that please pay them who deserve it

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Good move!!!they deserve patt on their back(bcci)

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    what is happening in BCCI ,money to retired players,indians in SLPL,pak domestic team in CLT20,IPL teams in ICC affiliate and accociates.......phew!they are on a roll.....are there any elections in the near future?????hahahaha

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | May 12, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    good move by BCCI, since some of the senior cricketers who are not good with English language and commentary are struggling to survive.

  • POSTED BY Skylight28 on | May 12, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    What a fantastic gesture by BCCI! Kudos! Great to see the greats recognized! Great to see BCCI giving back to those whose contributions have built this beautiful game in the country! Unfortunately, some people on this forum are hell-bent on criticizing BCCI, even when they do genuine good! Those complaining that these cricketers are already very rich are probably only looking at the Gavaskars and the Shastris. The vast majority of cricketers recognized missed the era of multi-million rupees advertising contracts and are not as well to do as you might expect. And Azharuddin's omission is unlikely to be a mistake. He did disservice to the game by bringing it to disrepute - one reaps what one sows.

  • POSTED BY Choudury on | May 12, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Azhar deserves to be included. He was one of the best ever player to watch play.

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | May 12, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    good gesture, but as a few others commented, I wish guys who are struggling in their lives, irrespective of the matches played, could be given more - one player I remember is B.S.Chandrasekar who had even met with an accident and was paralysed. The board had spent some money earlier, but life of such people may be in real agony. Pouring money on guys like Gavaskar, Shastri, Kapil etc is illogical. Sanjay Desai, a Karnataka player had lost an eye while keeping, Raman Lamba had died while playing cricket (though not in India), Padmakar Shivalkar, Rajinder Goel and B.Vijayakrishna were deprived of test cricket, not due to lack of talents, but because India had 4 spinners playing test cricket then. So, let the board do a bit better to make better use of this money. Let it be a real trust, real society as per its registration that reaches the needs of ex players, even if someone has just played 10 Ranji matches, but if living in poverty, they deserve to get better.

  • POSTED BY bonaku on | May 12, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Great gesture. I will not care much about the negative comments, as these kind of thing will be there alll the time. I hope this will help the crickterts who are in need, as they didn't get paid what well in the past. I also hope the rich players will distribute some the money to charity and poor ppl

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    good gesture by bcci. will help domestic players to get motivated to play long.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    IPL money means Killing Test Cricket. Hence some meat should be distributed to those developed

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | May 12, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    "while those who have played 75-99 first-class matches will get Rs 25 apiece." of course a typo LOL

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    what about azharuddin!. He deserves atleast 10 lakhs ppl!

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    why distribute this sum among those players who are already so well off and frequently travelling around the globe. i think bcci should pay those players who played domestic cricket and are now not in a good financial position due to educational sacrifices they made in order to pursue thr cricketing careers!

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    How About Mohd. Azharuddin who played 99tests....

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    a very good step by Indian Cricket board, other cricket board must have learn some lesson from BCCI this will help promoting cricket among the poor part of the country

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | May 12, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    what for? BCCI should give that money to poor people.these players already rich.

  • POSTED BY amitpat79 on | May 12, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    nice gesture by bcci .it's about time they taking care of retired player

    well done BCCI

  • POSTED BY ramdyp on | May 12, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    There are numerous national and domestic cricketers who find it difficult to make ends meet and BCCI chooses to reward players who make millions through their fat commentary pay packets every year. 1.5 crore for Sunil and Kapil may not be much for them but will definitely be worth a lot for the others. I wished that it was more effectively distributed.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | May 12, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    This is an excellent gesture. Some money should also go to those players who have won or finished runners up in Ranaji/ Duleep/Irani trophies irrespective of number of games they have played at first class level. The same should happen for One day trophies. This may not happen this year but may be next year. The money should at least equal what a current first class cricketer would earn if he reaches finals in Ranaji trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    great stuff! one thing came to my mind. didn't Azharuddin play 99 tests. what will he get? or will he get any because of the ban?

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    great stuff! one thing came to my mind. didn't Azharuddin play 99 tests. what will he get? or will he get any because of the ban?

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Hmmm.Interesting.........

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Very commendable decision by the BCCI. They get a lot of flak. Its time to recognise their good efforts too.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    What is " will get Rs 25 apiece" at last . You Mean Rs 25 * (75 or 99) First Class Matches which is around Rs 2,475....

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Rs 25 a piece for 75-99 matches? Generous :P

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Players who have played 75 to 99 first class games will only get Rs. 25? or is it Rs. 2.5 million?

  • POSTED BY A.K.P. on | May 12, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    I guess there is no proof-reading done before publishing the articles..."those who have played 75-99 first-class matches will get Rs 25 apiece"... is this a joke or typo?

  • POSTED BY SJ_NR on | May 12, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    What an absurd difference? 30 lakhs for playing 100 first-class matches and just 25 for playing 99 :)

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | May 12, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    A fantastic decision and a very tiny regard to those who have dedicated their whole lives without knowing this reward in the ending times... Lets hope whole sporting world take this as a welcoming start to a new tradition and it happens every 5 year to say thank you to all who have served this game as well as other games. I think cricket boards are earning more money than any other sports and they should encourage other sports too, by lending some money to them and stablize their foot to make sportsmen entertain everybody. You know this fast world needs real entertainers...

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Thats an amazing gesture... Shows that BCCI cares for the former players as well.. It would be fantastic if all these players were present in the IPL Final and were awarded then...

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    in the last line-"..will get Rs 25 apiece." lol!

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Why doesn't BCCI publish the list of 160 persons who are going to benefit? Are wl interested only in the big names?

    Also, now that BCCI represents women's cricket also, when will there br a similar women's list?

    OK

  • POSTED BY whiskey_dosa on | May 12, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    "while those who have played 75-99 first-class matches will get Rs 25 apiece". Players will get Rs 25 match. 25 x 99 = about US$ 50 ! Big bucks !

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  • POSTED BY whiskey_dosa on | May 12, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    "while those who have played 75-99 first-class matches will get Rs 25 apiece". Players will get Rs 25 match. 25 x 99 = about US$ 50 ! Big bucks !

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Why doesn't BCCI publish the list of 160 persons who are going to benefit? Are wl interested only in the big names?

    Also, now that BCCI represents women's cricket also, when will there br a similar women's list?

    OK

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    in the last line-"..will get Rs 25 apiece." lol!

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Thats an amazing gesture... Shows that BCCI cares for the former players as well.. It would be fantastic if all these players were present in the IPL Final and were awarded then...

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | May 12, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    A fantastic decision and a very tiny regard to those who have dedicated their whole lives without knowing this reward in the ending times... Lets hope whole sporting world take this as a welcoming start to a new tradition and it happens every 5 year to say thank you to all who have served this game as well as other games. I think cricket boards are earning more money than any other sports and they should encourage other sports too, by lending some money to them and stablize their foot to make sportsmen entertain everybody. You know this fast world needs real entertainers...

  • POSTED BY SJ_NR on | May 12, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    What an absurd difference? 30 lakhs for playing 100 first-class matches and just 25 for playing 99 :)

  • POSTED BY A.K.P. on | May 12, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    I guess there is no proof-reading done before publishing the articles..."those who have played 75-99 first-class matches will get Rs 25 apiece"... is this a joke or typo?

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Players who have played 75 to 99 first class games will only get Rs. 25? or is it Rs. 2.5 million?

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Rs 25 a piece for 75-99 matches? Generous :P

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    What is " will get Rs 25 apiece" at last . You Mean Rs 25 * (75 or 99) First Class Matches which is around Rs 2,475....