BCCI president Shashank Manohar honors former India cricketer Syed Kirmani with Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award © PTI
BCCI president Shashank Manohar honors former India cricketer Syed Kirmani with Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award © PTI

Former Indian keeper and member of 1983 World Cup-winning squad, Syed Kirmani has recently announced that 25 per cent of the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award prize money will be donated towards the education of deprived girls of the country. The news was revealed by Kirmani’s wife Habiba that the cricketer has decided to donate a sum of Rs 6.25 lakh, which is 25 per cent of the prize money of Rs 25 lakh that he received from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the honorary award that felicitated him for his contributions towards Indian cricket. READ: Virat Kohli, Syed Kirmani felicitated at BCCI Annual Awards, 2014-15

Kirmani has represented India in 88 Test matches and 49 One-Day Internationals during the 1970s and 1980s and as expressed by his wife, believes that there should at least be one educated person in each family.

As reported by sports.ndtv.com, Habiba said, “We have decided to donate 25 per cent (Rs 6.25 lakh) of this amount to the needy people of the country. We always believe that every family should have at least one educated person and the donation will be utilised for girls’ education.”

She also added on a lighter note, “The BCCI should also consider felicitating cricketers’ wives because they play a big role.”

Apart from Kirmani, current players like Virat Kohli and Robin Uthappa were also felicitated. While Kohli received the Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer of the Year while Uthappa received Madhavrao Scindia Awards for feats in Ranji Trophy as he became the highest run-getter. READ: Farokh Engineer disappointed over being snubbed by BCCI for lifetime achievement award