57 needy cricketers extended help during covid-19 pandemic by Indian Cricketers Association by raising Rs 78 lakh
The ICA had originally planned to help 25-30 former players
Chandigarh: Boosted by significant contributions, the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) has managed to raise Rs 78 lakh and will provide financial assistance to 57 needy cricketers as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ICA had originally planned to help 25-30 former players, who are struggling for funds amid the health crisis.
"We were expecting to help 20 to 25 cricketers but with the support of fellow cricketers ICA managed to provide assistance to 57 cricketers," the association's president Ashok Malhotra said.
New batch of 24 beneficiaries includes blind cricketer Shekhar Naik, who was awarded Padma Shri in 2017, and three widows of the former players.
Naik, who captained India to victories at the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup in 2012 & Blind Cricket World Cup in 2014, has been slotted in category A & will get one lac along with seven more players.
The 2nd & 3rd categories that also feature eight beneficiaries each will receive Rs 80,000 and Rs 60,000 per player.
Idea is that cricketers who don't have jobs, who don't get a pension from the BCCI or their own state associations will be offered help.
Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev are among Great Cricketers who have made financial contributions to the cause.
As many as 1,750 former cricketers are registered with the ICA, India's first-ever players' association which came into being last year.
The ICA had received an initial grant of Rs 2 crore from the BCCI in February to kick-start its operations.
List of beneficiaries is as under:
Category-A Cricketers( ₹ 1 L one time)
3)Philip Varghese (Kerala)
4)Ramesh Joshipura (Guj/Sau)
5)Karuna Moorty (TNCA)
6)Nitin Khaniwale (Maharashtra)
7)Randolph Daniels (Maharashtra)
8)Shekhar Naik (Blind Cricketer.Padma Shri Awardee)Special Case
Category-B (₹80 K one time)
2)Bhagirath Thakore (Guj)
3)Ashok Khanna (North Punjab)
W/O P M K.Mohandas(Kerala)
7)Trupti Bhatkar (MCA)
Category-C (₹60K one time)
W/O Vilas Shupati Kadam (Services)
W/O Kapil Seth (MPCA)
3)Mahendra Pandya (Guj)
W/O Gajrajsingh khinchi (Rajasthan)
7).Iti Dutta(W B)
8)Ila Das (WB)