~~I am honoured to receive pension amount~~

Published: Saturday, May 22, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Vadodara:Former Indian Test skipper Vijay Hazare on Friday said he was truely honoured to receive a cheque of Rs 5000 from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the Platinum jubilee pension scheme for former Test cricketers and umpires.

"It is a very good gesture on part of BCCI for introducing this scheme and I am very happy that the Board has offered this amount to needy and old cricketers", Hazare said after receiving his first cheque at his residence.

National cricket selector and former India stumper Kiran More, accompanied by the Baroda Cricket Association's (BCA) vice president G M Oza, secretary Samarjeet Singh Gaekwad and treasurer Rakesh Parikh visited Hazare's house to present thecheque as the 91-year-old star was not in a position to attend the cheque presentation ceremony at the Motibaug Ground.

Meanwhile, at the Motibaug Grounds former Test stars Dattaji Gaekwad, Anshuman Gaekwad, Kiran More and Rashid Patel were presented with the cheque for Rs 5000 each.

Speaking on the occassion G K Gaekwad said it was a dream come true for many former cricketers and it was also a fine gesture on part of BCCI to help out the needy cricketers.

Another former Test star and ex-coach Anshuman Gaekwad said, "it was due to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya's efforts that ex-players are getting this benefit and many more schemes are in the pipeline for the welfare of the players".

Kiran More said that it was always a pleasure playing for the country and the Board was thinking of giving more benefits to ex-players.

Patel, who played in just one Test against the Kiwis at Mumbai in 1988, also welcomed BCCI's decision.

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