India news May 12, 2012

BCCI confirms benefit of $13m to ex-players

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Aditya 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!

  • Satish 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..

  • Dummy4 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.

  • kshitij 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 .

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Deep on May 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

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

  • Deepak 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.

  • Robby 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....

  • gulshan 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?

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