ICA president happy with BCCI’s grant of Rs 3 crore, hopes all demands will be met gradually

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Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) president Ashok Malhotra on Tuesday expressed satisfaction on the BCCI’s resolution to launch a further funding of Rs 3 crore to run the gamers’ physique and hoped their pending demands will be met “sooner than later”.

Malhotra, who has been vital of BCCI previously for not addressing their demands, was happy that not less than one of their requests — improve in former gamers’ medical insurance coverage from Rs 5 to Rs 10 lakh — have been authorized.

“We are thankful to the BCCI and secretary Jay Shah for addressing our demands. We had asked for Rs 5 crore initially but had got Rs 2 crore. Now the rest of the amount has been released,” Malhotra informed PTI.

“Medical insurance cover has been doubled which we wanted. I am confident our other demands will be met sooner than later. I am also told that a committee has been formed to look into revision in players’ pension,” he stated.

The demands, which haven’t been met but, embody pension for former gamers, who’ve performed lower than 25 first-class video games, pension for widows of former cricketers and a benevolent fund to Manoj Prabhakar, whose BCCI ban resulted in 2005 for match-fixing fees in opposition to him.

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 in February to kickstart its operations.

The cricket board determined to launch a further Rs 3 crore to ICA at its AGM on December 24. However, it’s anticipated to maintain itself within the long-run.

“We are fine if we get Rs one crore per year from the BCCI. By raising more than 70 lakh for the former players hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, we have shown we can generate funds through other channels,” added Malhotra.

ICA’s AGM was additionally held earlier this month.

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