ICL: Indian Cricket League

Finally, Ranji players too set to get pension


While the vital decisions regarding the constitution have been deferred by a day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) has decided to extend their pension scheme to first class cricketers. The Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) meeting was inconclusive because two of its members, Lalit Modi and Arun Jaitley, were not present.

Member of the CRC and BCCI vice-president Shashank Manohar said: ‘By tomorrow we will come up with a decision’.

Issues discussed by the CRC today included the term of office bearers, eligibility criteria and the setting up of a corpus fund for other sports. BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said: ‘We are looking at a uniform three years for office-bearers as we want to avoid frequent elections,’ he said.

The current disposition has been gunning for this change for some time. Such changes require constitutional amendments and hence the review committee came into the picture. This, though should take a great deal of deliberations and finally the general body will have to be involved.

Meanwhile, the Board’s financial windfall is finally coming down to the grassroots. Giving details about the pension scheme for first class cricketers, Shah said: ‘As per the recommendations all cricketers, who have played more than 75 Ranji Trophy ties before 2003-04 season, will get Rs 15,000, those who have played between 50-75 matches will receive Rs 10,000 and those who have played 10 matches before the league system was introduced in 1958-59 would get Rs 10,000 per month.’

It has been learnt that after the pension scheme was introduced for international cricketers, there were many in the Board who felt that it was the first class cricketers were in much need for financial support.

Consequently, those veterans who played at the first class levels but missed the national team (there being too few international outings those days) will now also benefit.

Shah said the finance committee’s suggestion on the pension scheme being extended to Ranji Players as well will now be taken up by the working committee of the BCCI.

The issue of setting aside a fund for Olympic disciplines also came up. ‘We are also committed to set aside the corpus of Rs 50 crore for helping Olympic sports, but that also needs to be included in the new constitution,’ Shah said.

Since all such changes need constitutional amendments, it will have to be approved at the special general body meeting on May 20.

Meanwhile, the BCCI also jumped into the Sunny storm. A day after reports surfaced about chairman of ICC’s cricket committee Sunil Gavaskar’s alleged bias against Pakistan officials, Shah defended the former Indian captain and towed the apex body’s line.

Though the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already distanced itself from the adverse comments against Gavaskar’s decision of picking Javagal Srinath on the match referee’s panel and spiking all the nominations from Pakistan, Shah said things have been fair.

“Gavaskar is not the only man on the committee. The ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed is also there. Besides, the allegations of any bias are baseless since there are two Pakistan umpires on the Elite Umpires panel,” he said.

When asked if the BCCI would make an official complain to PCB or ICC in this regard, Shah said, “We just to make a point and we have done it.”

Yahoo! Sports

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