COVID-19: CAB President Avishek Pledges Support for ICA Initiative
KOLKATA: Bengal Cricket Association President (CAB) Avishek Dalmiya He has pledged support to the Cricketers Association of India (ICA) in his initiative to financially assist domestic players in need amid the national blockade induced by COVID-19, a source close to him said Saturday.
Avishek became the first non-former player manager to reach out and join the car that has former greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev , Mohammad Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid who have also contributed.
"He has always been pro-player and at this time of crisis, he decided to help ICA's initiative and contribute with a sum of Rs 50,000," the source he said to IANS.
The ICA has contributed Rs 10 lakh to the initiative. Around 1,500 members are registered with the ICA which is India's first-ever players' association and was formed last year.
The ICA will shortlist 5-6 cricketers from each zone (north, east, west, south and central).
"He (Avishek) has been kind enough to contribute. We plan to raise 50 lakh for the cause. We have almost reached the amount. Former greats like Gavaskar, Kapil Dev , Azhar and Rahul Dravid have come forward to help," ICA president Ashok Malhotra he said to IANS.
Around 30 cricket players who do not receive a pension BCCI or their respective state associations will receive help from this fund.
For those unaware, the ICA isn't affiliated to the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) and only retired Indian cricketers are a part of the ICA.