New Delhi, July 20
Asserting that “nothing has happened” up to now 10 months, Indian Cricketers’ Association president Ashok Malhotra on Monday urged the BCCI to look into the physique’s long-standing calls for, saying the ageing former gamers can’t wait “forever”.
Malhotra, who has been accused by the ICA administrators of constructing public statements and approaching BCCI on vital issues regarding the gamers’ physique with out discussing them internally, mentioned it’s excessive time the Board pays heed to ICA’s calls for.
The calls for embrace pension for former gamers who’ve performed lower than 25 first-class video games, pension for widows of former cricketers, enhance in medical insurance coverage from Rs 5 lakh to 10 lakh and a benevolent fund to Manoj Prabhakar, whose BCCI ban led to 2005 for match-fixing costs towards him.
“It has been close to 10 months (since the Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI took charge) but nothing has happened for the former players. The ICA after all, is for the welfare of former cricketers and some of them who are as old as 70, cannot wait forever,” Malhotra instructed PTI.
“I request the BCCI again to look into our demands. There are three former cricketers on the BCCI Apex Council (Ganguly and ICA representatives Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad. I am sure they understand the plight of the former cricketers. Four meetings (Apex Council) have taken place but nothing has happened,” he mentioned.
In his newest video despatched to ICA members, Malhotra courted controversy by saying that he was not involved about home cricket and the present administrative mess in Bihar cricket.
“I had simply said that my concern and focus is on ICA and welfare of former cricketers. It is natural as I am the ICA president. What have we done in the last 10 months? Nothing, apart from raising money for former cricketers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” mentioned Malhotra.
The ICA, India’s first ever gamers’ affiliation shaped as per suggestions of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel, was granted Rs 2 crore by the BCCI earlier this 12 months to kick-start its operations. However, it’s anticipated to maintain itself within the long-run.
Talking concerning the infighting within the ICA, Malhotra added: “Whenever I make a point, it is objected to more often than not. At the end of the day, we are all there to take care of former players.” PTI