Ravi Shastri (third from Left) handed over the cheques to the former India Women cricketers on behalf of the BCCI    BCCI
Ravi Shastri (third from Left) handed over the cheques to the former India Women cricketers on behalf of the BCCI BCCI

On behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI), former cricketer Ravi Shastri handed out cheques of INR 25 lakhs each to women cricketers, for their contribution to the game. The cheques were given to Mamatha Maben, Pramila Bhatt, Sudha Shah, Shantha Rangaswamy and Karuna Jain Venkatachar. The award was based on the number of matches these cricketers have played. A couple of days ago in Mumbai, cheque of INR 15 lakhs each were given to Behroze Edulji, Sunita Singh, Vrinda Bhagat. However, Deepa Kulkarni, Sangita Dabir and Arundhati Ghosh received cheques of INR 25 lakhs, once again from Shastri, who is now one of the commentators in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Full Cricket Scorecard, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2017, Match 12

Shantha Rangaswamy had requested the Committee of Administrators (CoA), who are currently running the BCCI to consider giving one-time benefits to women cricketers and also wanted a rise in their monthly pension. The male cricketers received such benefits in 2015 and Shantha was of the opinion that the same courtesy should be extended to the women cricketers as well. Former India skipper Diana Edulji is also part of the CoA, which currently runs the day-to-day affairs in the BCCI. She had recently expressed surprise that she was the only cricketer in the CoA, which also has Vikram Limaye, Ramachandra Guha and Vinod Rai.

“Shocked that I am the only player and no male cricketer are in the panel. Thank Supreme Court for immense trust in me. Hope I will be able to do good job,” Edulji told India Today. “Hope we can rope in more cricketers in panel like the CA model,” she added.