~~Everyone to benefit from pension scheme~~

Published: Saturday, May 22, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:The 'cup' will be complete soon when schemes of financial benefits already in the pipeline for all levels of past cricketers introduced in India, said S Karunakaran Nair, Secretary, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in chennai on Friday evening.

Participating in the handing over of Rs.5000/- each as monthly pension scheme for retired Test cricketers and Umpires got up by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, he said 'BCCI has found ways and means to sell cricket as a product and the Board is determined to channelise it to past and present cricketers at all levels. A scheme for junior cricketers will also be introduced'.

Saying that 128 past Test players and 26 umpires would be benefited by the pension scheme, Nair said 'the Board had also manifold the payment to the present players on graded payment system, besides the medical scheme. These schemes are unique as for the first time the past cricketers and umpires are recognized and honoured.'

Nair was witness to showering of accolades on BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya for such innovative schemes to honour past cricketers by various cricketers who received thecheque on Friday.

Every one of the speaker including Krish Srikkanth and W V Raman to name a few were in total praise for the gesture shown by the Board.

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