New Delhi, May 27: Former women players who played for the country have approached the Indian cricket board for a one-time payment which was also given to their male counterparts from the profits gained from the Indian Premier League.
Last week, the BCCI decided to pay out 70 crore from its profits derived from the IPL and Champions League T20 tournaments to former Test and first-class players who retired before 2004.
Former women cricketers expressed happiness at the BCCI's gesture and said they are also applicable to receive the one-time payment scheme.
"The BCCI should include us since women's cricket is also part of it since 2006," former captain and left-arm spinner Diana Edulji said.
Diana, who played 34 ODIs and 20 Tests from 1976-93, praised BCCI for helping former players and said it would be great if women cricketers are also included in the scheme.
"It is good that the Board is helping the former players and it would be great if they include women cricketers also in the benefit scheme. In fact, it is great that the widows of the former players are also part of it. It is a small amount for the Board and a big boon for us women players," Diana said.
Diana further said that they have approached BCCI officials who were open to the idea. "I spoke to Rajiv Shukla (BCCI member and IPL chairman) and Sanjay Jagdale (secretary) two weeks ago and they said they were considering our case. I am waiting for a response from them."
Another former captain, Shubhangi Kulkarni, agreed with Diana and said that the one-time payment scheme would be beneficial as they are also covered by the Board's pension scheme.
"Thanks to Sharad Pawar's intervention, we came under the pension scheme along with the men players. Now that the men have been paid, we should also be treated on a par with them," said Kulkarni, who played for India in 27 ODIs and 19 Test between 1976-91.
When asked about women cricketers request, BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah said: "As of now, it is only at the consideration stage and we will soon take a decision."