BCCI pension scheme launched

Published: Saturday, May 22, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday launched its country-wide platinum pension scheme to past Test cricketers and umpires, with cheques worth Rs 45,000 being disbursed at a function in Kolkata.

Six former players and three ex-international umpires were handed cheques of Rs 5,000 each as the first monthly instalment of the pension scheme by former Board president B NDutt at a simple function at the Eden Gardens.

Legendary off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna, who has set up base in the city after migrating from Karnataka, was the first recipient followed by Ashok Malhotra, Pranab Roy, Arun Lal, Saba Karim and Bihar's Ramesh Saxena.

Three other players - Ashok Gandotra, Dilip Doshi and Subrata Banerjee - could not attend the function.

Among former umpires, Bhairab Ganguly, Sunit Ghosh and Jibandhan Ghosh received the cheques in person, while S R Basu could not make it to the function.

The Board's working committee at its meeting on February 28 had decided to start the pension scheme for retired Test players and umpires as part of the programmes to commemorate its platinum jubilee. The benefit would continue for the restof the lives of players and umpires.

Speaking on the occasion, Dalmiya said that the Board representatives would go to the residence of former players who were now too aged and infirm to attend the programme.

Prominent among those were Vijay Hazare, Mushtaq Ali and D K Gaekwad. However, some other veterans like Poly Umrigarh and R G Nadkarni had said that they would make it a point to attend the function.

The functions are being held simultaneously in 13 cities.

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