Cricket Association of India (ICA) President Ashok Malhotra on Monday urged the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to take note of the long-standing demands of the organization. Malhotra said that the former aged players cannot wait forever. Malhotra was accused by ICA directors of making public statements without consulting them and talking to the BCCI on important topics related to the players' association.
Among the demands that the ICA has placed before the BCCI include pensions for ex-players playing less than 25 first-class matches, pension for widows of former cricketers, medical insurance to be raised from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and handing over money to the beneficiary fund to Manoj Prabhakar. Is included.
The ban imposed on Prabhakar for match fixing ended in 2005. Malhotra said that the time has come when the BCCI should look into their demands. Malhotra told, 'It has been almost ten months (after Saurabh Ganguly-led BCCI took over) but nothing has been done for the former players.
The ICA has been formed for the welfare of former cricketers and many of them have turned 70 years old. They can't wait forever. ' He said, 'I request the BCCI to look into the demands again. The BCCI Apex Council consists of three former cricketers (Ganguly and ICA representatives Shanta Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaikwad). I believe they understand the troubles of former cricketers. Four meetings (of the top council) have been held but nothing has been done so far.
The new video sent to Malhotra's ICA members has sparked controversy in which he said he was not worried about the current administrative mess in domestic cricket and Bihar cricket. He said, 'I only said that his concern is about the welfare of ICA and former cricketers. Being the ICA President it is natural. What we did in the last ten months. Did nothing except raise money for former cricketers affected by Kovid-19.
According to the recommendations of the Lodha Committee appointed from the Supreme Court, for the first time in India, the ICA, the players' union, has been formed. Earlier this year, the BCCI had given a grant of two crore rupees for conducting its operations.