New Delhi: One day when the BCCI After a $6 billion media deal, the country’s richest sports organization announced an increase in the monthly pensions of former cricketers (both men and women) as well as former referees.
The first-class players, who used to get Rs 15,000, now get Rs 30,000, while former Test players, who get Rs 37,500, now get Rs 60,000 and those with Rs 50,000 get Rs 70,000 in pension.
The women internationals, who were paid Rs 30,000, will now receive Rs 52,500.
The first-class cricketers who retired before 2003 and received 22,500 rupees are now getting 45,000 rupees.
“I am pleased to announce an increase in the monthly pensions of former cricketers (men and women) and match officials. About 900 staff will take advantage of this benefit and nearly 75% of staff will be beneficiaries of a 100 pc pay increase,” tweeted BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said: “It is extremely important that the financial well-being of our former cricketers is taken care of. The players remain the lifeline and as a board it is our duty to be by their side when their playing days are over.
“The umpires are unsung heroes and the BCCI really appreciates their contribution.”
BCCI Treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said: “Whatever the BCCI is today, it is because of the contribution of its former cricketers and umpires.
“We are delighted to announce the increase in monthly pensions, which will be a gesture for the well-being of our former cricketers.”
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