Mohammad Kaif, a former Indian cricketer thanked the Indian cricket board- BCCI for increasing the pensions of ex-cricketers. Mohammad Kaif remembered his father Mohammad Tarif’s contribution and said that his generation helped the game when there was no money.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that the financial well-being of their former cricketers is extremely important.
Mohammad Kaif And Amit Mishra Thanked BCCI For Raising Pensions
Former Indian batter and an agile fielder Mohammad Kaif was chuffed to bits with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision of increasing the pension of the retired cricketers. Mohammad Kaif said that the move means a lot to the ex-cricketers, who gave their all while playing when there was no money and helped take the game forward by citing his father’s example.
Mohammad Kaif took to Twitter and wrote, “Thanks BCCI, this means a lot to retired players. My father, Mohammad Tarif, is always very happy when he gets his pension. Money gives security, recognition makes you proud. My father played 60 first-class games. Scored close to 3000 runs, and hit 5 hundred. His generation helped the game grow when there was no money. By remembering their contribution, BCCI has shown a big heart,” he added.
Mohammad Kaif’s father Mohammad Tarif, born in Allahabad, played 60 first-class games for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. Not just Mohammad Kaif, former Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra who played mostly for Delhi capitals in IPL and was among IPL’s top wicket-takers too commended BCCI’s decision asking other boards to follow the suit.
“Wow, a great decision by @bcci and Mr @jayshah ji. A remarkable decision which will be followed by many foreign boards soon,” Amit Mishra wrote on Twitter.
The five pension brackets of 15000, 22500, 30000, 37500, and 50000 have been increased to 30000, 45000, 52500, 60000, and 70000 respectively.
Sourav Ganguly: It’s Extremely Important That The Financial Well-Being Of India’s Former Cricketers Is Taken Care Of
While announcing the same, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in a release mentioned that it is very important for the board to maintain their financial well-being as they are its lifeline.
“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,” Ganguly said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced a rise in the pension for both men and women cricketers who have retired from the game. BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced that 75% of the beneficiaries are getting a 100% raise. Board President Sourav Ganguly also reacted to the development.
The BCCI has declared that the monthly pensions of every retired cricketer (men and women) who are eligible alongside former umpires have been significantly increased. Around 75% of those eligible have received a 100% rise in the new package announced by Indian cricket’s governing body on Monday (June 13).
In the release, the BCCI stated that those who used to receive Rs. 15000, Rs. 22500, and Rs. 30,000 will not get Rs. 30000, Rs. 45000, and Rs. 525000 respectively. Moreover, those who fell in the Rs. 37500 and Rs. 50000 earlier will now get Rs. 60000 and Rs. 70000 respectively.