ICA Initiative to Help Former Cricket Players in the Right Direction: Ashok Malhotra

NEW DELHI: The Indian Cricket Association ( ICA ) boss Ashok Malhotra on Friday he expressed joy at the support received by the agency's initiative, with the aim of helping former cricketers in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Our initiative is going in the right direction and we are very close to the amount we wanted to touch. The most important thing is that the players have participated in this with enthusiasm and thanks to them, we have come this far, Malhotra said. .

I also request all players to inform us if they know of a cricket player in need. Although we cannot help them all, we will surely help 25-30 cricket players. There are several players who have joined in this initiative, such as Kapil (Dev), Sunil Gavaskar, Gautam Gambhir, (Mohammad) Azharuddin, GR Viswanath, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kirti Azad, Madan Lal, he added.

Malhotra stated that several companies have also contributed to the initiative.

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Furthermore, companies have also started to come together, which is a very good thing. I again urge players to contribute to this initiative in any way so that we can help more and more cricket players, Malhotra said.

As the country is under coronavirus -induced emergency shutdown Malhotra on April 23 had announced that the association will assist former cricketers who are not winning and do not receive any pension from the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI).

The ICA plans to donate Rs 15 lakh from its fund, and the members are also likely to chip in with separate contributions.

ICA will put in Rs 10 to 15 lakh in the fund and some of us will give our pensions. Apart from this, I have requested many cricketers to give at least Rs 1000, Malhotra had said.

Assistance will be provided to veteran players monthly until the crisis subsides.