Indian Cricketers’ Association president Ashok Malhotra has publicly stated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) under the tutelage of Sourav Ganguly has done nothing in the past 10 months for the welfare of former cricketers.
After Sourav Ganguly took over the BCCI president post, there were high hopes from him to bring revolution in Indian cricket.
As it now has been over 10 months since the former Indian captain took the role, Malhotra seems to be disappointed with Ganguly’s work. He said that there have been several pending demands for the benefit of former cricketers but no action has been taken.
“It has been close to 10 months (since the Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI took charge) but nothing has happened for the former players. The ICA after all, is for the welfare of former cricketers and some of them who are as old as 70, cannot wait forever,” Malhotra told PTI.
Ashok Malhotra has urged Sourav Ganguly to soon take actions:
The demands include pension for former players who have played less than 25 first-class games, pension for widows of former cricketers, increase in medical insurance from Rs 5 lakh to 10 lakh and a benevolent fund to Manoj Prabhakar, whose BCCI ban ended in 2005 for match-fixing charges against him.
“I request the BCCI again to look into our demands. There are three former cricketers on the BCCI Apex Council (Ganguly and ICA representatives Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad). I am sure they understand the plight of the former cricketers. Four meetings (Apex Council) have taken place but nothing has happened,” he said.
Malhotra has several times openly accused BCCI on important matters for which ICA directors have criticised the former for not discussing the matters internally. But he believes that his position gives him right to question BCCI.
“I had simply said that my concern and focus is on ICA and welfare of former cricketers. It is natural as I am the ICA president. What have we done in the last 10 months? Nothing, apart from raising money for former cricketers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Malhotra.
Notably, ICA was granted 2 Crore by BCCI earlier this year to kick start its operation after the recommendation of the Lodha panel.