In a heart-warming gesture, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has decided to give away his BCCI pension to the family of the recently expired former U-19 Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri. Apart from this, Dada has also decided to use his future pensions to fund the treatment of the injured players registered under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
Ganguly, who is also the current joint-secretary of CAB, said:
“It’s my personal decision to fund the treatment of injured players, the ones that are CAB-registered. I will use the amount that I get as pension from the Board.
“I have also decided to give away my pension amount to Ankit’s family.”
As per the pension scheme of BCCI, former Test cricketers are given an amount of Rs 35,000 per month.
In a step to also ensure that the medical facilities at the ground are well-equipped if any such incident happens in the future, Ganguly said: “The association will be buying three ambulances which will also have the necessary facilities.”
CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey said that the board will also be donating Rs 10 lakh to Keshri’s family.
“We have proposed to give this amount to Ankit’s family. The matter has to be passed through the working committee, though,” he said.