Chennai: May 27, 2012
The BCCI on Sunday distributed the remaining installment of its one-time benefit payments to the country's 20 former international and domestic players ahead of the IPL final between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Former India cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, S Venkataraghavan, Javagal Srinath -- who have all played 100 or more Test matches -- were handed a cheque of Rs 6 crore by BCCI President N Srinivasan, BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and IPL Governing Council Member Arun Jaitley.
Navjot Singh Sidhu accepted a cheque for Rs 3 crores on behalf of the three players who have played between 50 and 74 Test Matches.
BS Chandrasekar, BS Bedi and Sanjay Manjrekar accepted a cheque for Rs 6 crores on behalf of the eight players who have played between 50 and 74 Test Matches.
FM Engineer and Shivlal Yadav accepted a cheque for Rs 10 crore 20 lakhs on behalf of the 17 players who have played between 25 and 49 Test matches.
Abbas Ali Baig accepted a cheque for Rs 8 crore 50 lakhs on behalf of the 17 players who have played between 10 and 24 Test matches.
The others to have been awarded were Madhav Mantri, AG Milkha Singh, Rajinder Goel, Amrjeet Kaypee, S Hyder Ali, K Bhaskar Pillai, Col G Inderdev, CD Gopinath and V Sivaramakrishna.
The BCCI also extended the fund to include wives of former cricketers who are no more. Mrs Nirupama Mankad, Mrs Eknath Solkar, Mrs Ramakant Desai and Mrs Kripal Singh accepted the cheque of Rs 15 crores 25 lakhs on behalf of the 34 wives. (PTI)