The BCCI on Monday made a historic move in the favor of former Cricketers & Match Officials. Jay Shah the Secretary of the BCCI announced an increase in the monthly pension of former Cricketers (both men & women) & match Officials.
First-class Players who used to get INR 15,000 will get INR 30,000 while former Test players, who get INR 37,500, will now receive INR 60,000 under the new scheme. Those with INR 50,000 pension will get INR 70,000.
On the other hand, Women international players, who got INR 30,000, will receive INR 52,500 from now, while first-class cricketers who retired before 2003 and get INR 22,500 will now get INR 45,000.
Shah shared the great news through his Official Twitter handle & also highlighted that this decision will benefit around 900 personnel who made immense contributions to the growth of Indian Cricket.
“I’m pleased to announce an increase in the monthly pension of former cricketers (men & women) and match officials. Around 900 personnel will avail of this benefit and close to 75% of personnel will be beneficiaries of a 100% raise,” tweeted Shah.
“It is extremely important that the financial well-being of our former cricketers is taken care of. The players remain the lifeline and as a Board, it is our duty to be by their side once their playing days are over. The umpires have been unsung heroes and the BCCI truly values their contribution,” Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president, said in a statement.
“Whatever the BCCI is today, it is because of the contribution of its former cricketers and umpires,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said. “We are pleased to announce the increase in the monthly pensions which will be a gesture for the well-being of our former cricketers.”
The announcement was made on Day 2 of the ongoing e-auction for IPL media rights. Last month, Jay Shah had also announced Rs 1.25 crore prize money for groundsmen and curators of all six venues that hosted IPL 2022.
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