BCCI ‘stops’ benefit purse to Kirti Azad for opposing IPL

Kirti, who played a solitary Test and 25 ODIs and stands to get Rs 35 lakh, is demanding the discontinuation of the IPL.

New Delhi/Pune: BCCI has “stopped” the one-time benefit purse to former Test player Kirti Azad while former captain Mohammad Azharuddin can’t get it as he is serving a life ban for his alleged role in match-fixing.

Kapil Dev too has been kept out of the unique benefit scheme as he reportedly declined to accept the BCCI’s amnesty offer for all the players and officials who were part of the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL). The Board granted amnesty to 79 players, 11 former players and 11 officials in June 2009, after the ICL closed down.

“Kapil hasn’t been included in the scheme as he had declined to take the amnesty offer of the Board. Further, he is part of a High Court case that the ICL is fighting against the BCCI,” a top ranking BCCI official told MAIL TODAY. As per the scheme, Kapil stands to get Rs 1.5 crore.

“As far as Azhar is concerned, he is still serving a life ban, so he has been kept out. He may get the benefit if his ban is revoked,” said the man, who too qualifies for the Rs 1.5 crore bracket.

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When contacted, Azhar said the Board hasn’t told him anything.

“I have no idea. Nobody has contacted me,” he said.

Kirti, who played a solitary Test and 25 ODIs and stands to get Rs 35 lakh, is demanding the discontinuation of the IPL. He protested at Kotla on Sunday against the ‘malpractices’ in the IPL. “If they don’t give me money, can they take away my [1983] World Cup victory? I won’t stop talking about the ills in the BCCI,” he told MAIL TODAY .

Meanwhile, the BCCI on Tuesday distributed the cheques to some of the well-known former players during the Delhi-Kolkata first IPL Qualifier game in Pune.

Chandu Borde received a cheque of Rs 6 crore on behalf of the six players who played between 75 and 99 Tests.

Nari Contractor, Ajit Wadekar and Anshuman Gaekwad were handed a cheque of Rs 10.2 cr on behalf of 17 players who played 25 to 49 Tests while Arshad Ayub accepted a cheque of Rs 8.5 cr on behalf of 17 who played between 10 and 24 matches. Madhusudhan Rege was there to collect a cheque of Rs 6.3 cr on behalf of 18 players who played between one and nine Tests before 1970.

Padmakar Shivalkar received a cheque of Rs 5.1 cr on behalf of 17 players who played more than 100 first-class games.

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