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Indian cricketers body welcomes BCCI decision to double ex cricketers’ pension

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)

By: PTI

THE Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) on Tuesday (14) expressed their “immense gratitude” towards the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for increasing the pension of the country’s former Test and first-class cricketers along with retired umpires.

The BCCI has doubled the pension of former first-class and Test cricketers with those earning Rs 15,000 (£159) going up to Rs 30,000 (£318) and those with Rs 37,500 (£398) being upgraded to Rs 60,000 (£637) bracket. Those who received Rs 50,000 (£531) from now on will get Rs 70,000 (£743).

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“The announcement by the BCCI yesterday (13) has been very well received by our members, many of whom have benefitted with this move in these days of rising prices and falling interest income, all of which has become a world-wide phenomenon,” the ICA stated in a media release.

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“I am more than grateful that the BCCI has accepted and put into action this long-standing request from us. I would like to especially thank Mr Jay Shah, the BCCI Honorary Secretary for his efforts,” said ICA president Ashok Malhotra, a former India cricketer.

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