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Azharuddin pledges support as ICA raises Rs 24 lakh for needy cricketers


NEW DELHI: The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) has raised Rs 24 lakh to assist round 30 former players who are in dire need of funds amid the continuing national lockdown, a pressure that has also discovered reinforce from former captain Mohammad Azharuddin.

The decision to assist the needy cricketers was once taken at an ICA online meeting ultimate Wednesday, its 2nd for the reason that coronavirus-forced lockdown was once enforced.

"Every player has contributed as per his capability. The most important thing is we made the appeal on Friday evening and by today, we have raised Rs 24 lakh," ICA president Ashok Malhotra said.

Of the entire amount raised up to now, Rs 10 lakh is ICA's contribution.

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Former India skipper Azharuddin has pledged to donate Rs 1 lakh, at the side of former pacer Rajinder Singh Ghai, who also donated equivalent amount.

While former players such as Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy have also come forward to assist with monetary help.

"This means people are connected to this initiative. And I am sure the amount will increase in the coming days so that we are able to help more players," Malhotra said.

"Till now we are saying that we will try to help 25-30 needy players but if the amount increases, then we can help more number of players. Players settled abroad have come forward in a big way."

They will continue the pressure until May 16.

Malhotra, a fairly a success former top notch cricketer, said he's disappointed by way of the "lack of involvement of the big guns of Indian cricket."

"Our top players are still not involved in this initiative. We are expecting that they will also join this initiative and help their fellow players who desperately need help."


As many as 1750 former cricketers are registered with the ICA, India's first-ever players' association which got here into being ultimate year.


The ICA had gained an initial grant of Rs 2 crore from the BCCI in February to kick-start its operations.


At the moment, the BCCI most effective supplies pension to cricketers who have played more than 25 top notch video games.


The ICA wants that cricketers who have played more than 10 video games, must also be included in the pension scheme.


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