Pune (The Telegraph): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who are facing the flak, directly or indirectly, due to the recent scandals that have hit the Indian Premier League and cricket in general, is trying to salvage some of its lost credibility.
The cash-rich Board has decided that sixty-five former cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar, will be handed over cheques as part of its one-time benefit payment during the IPL-V playoffs.
The BCCI had recently announced after its working committee meeting that around 160 domestic and international cricketers, who have retired before 2003-04, would be awarded one-time cash tributes from the IPL surplus money, a gesture which would cost the Board Rs 70 crore.
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The Board, in a release on Monday, said that it was not possible to invite all the beneficiaries and those not invited would be sent cheques. Widows of four former cricketers have also been invited to collect cheques in Chennai on Sunday, the day of the IPL-V final.
“Some of the beneficiaries have been invited to the IPL 2012 playoff venues. They will be presented their respective cheques before the start of the playoff matches. It is practically difficult to invite all the beneficiaries for the matches and hence, the others will be sent their cheques,” the release said.
Under the BCCI’s scheme, cricketers who have played more than 100 Test matches will get Rs 1.5 crore, while those who have played between 75 and 99 Tests will receive Rs one crore.