Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 30 May 2020, 10:06:00 PM IST
Two-time World Cup champion Indian captain Shekhar Naik believes that for the visually challenged cricketers, getting the right job is more important than any award. He said that if it does not happen then it will not be possible for them to meet their needs.
Naik currently works in a private company. His company has not paid salary for the last two months. The company says that it has suffered significant economic losses due to the corona virus epidemic. During this time, almost complete savings of Naik have also been spent.
He told the English newspaper Mid-Day, “It is a good thing that the visually challenged cricketers are getting the award though small, but they should get a secure job so that they can secure their future.”
Naik said, 'My salary is 25 thousand rupees and out of this 12 thousand goes towards the rent of my house. Earlier I was living somehow. But due to this lockdown, my salary is on hold and I have not been able to pay the house rent for the last two months. My family is going through a lot of difficulties. I have spent most of my savings. '
He said, 'I have met various Chief Ministers of Karnataka in the last 8 years. I have requested him to give a government job. Last December, I also met Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju in Delhi and told him that I needed a good job more than Padmashree because my wife is also blind.
The agony of the captain who won India the 2012 Blind T20 World Cup and the 2015 Blind ODI World Cup is not new.
He has requested administrative officials several times but to no avail. Whatever cash prize he received from a good performance on the playgrounds was spent in other payments.