Robert Graeme Pollock is a former cricketer for South Africa, Transvaal and Eastern Province. A member of a famous cricketing family, Pollock is widely regarded as South Africa’s greatest cricketer, and as one of the finest batsmen to have played Test cricket. Despite Pollock’s international career being cut short at the age of 26 by the sporting boycott of South Africa and in recent times is under huge pressure.
Graeme Pollock, who went bankrupt and faced huge debt, is unlikely to get any kind of help from the South Africa Cricketers’ Association (SACA).
The South African cricketer is one of the best South African batsmen, whose Test average is next only to Sir Don Bradman when 20 Test is considered as the minimum qualification. In this situation he has requested the Indian cricket board and India to help him financially to get him out of the situation.
SACA Chief Executive Officer Tony Irish, has stated to the MiD-Day that in South Africa, our retirement fund covers players going back to 2002 when SACA was formed. Graeme Pollock played a long time before this, so a helping hand will not be provided to him.
The 70-year-old suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with Parkinson disease and colon cancer which added to his problem. His condition such due to so much debts he has accumulated.
Each player’s association in different countries has different retirement/pension fund arrangements for their players and ex players was the statement he added.
Pollock made his debut in 1963, and played 23 Tests, after missing out on playing international cricket due to apartheid in South Africa.
Unlike the Indian cricket board, Cricket South Africa (CSA),does not have pension scheme and so Pollock is helpless in this case also.