The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) declared an increase in monthly pensions of former cricketers (both men and women) and former umpires.
The first-class players, who were paid ₹ 15,000 will now get ₹ 30,000 whilst former Test players, who got ₹ 37,500, will now receive ₹ 60,000.
Those who were paid ₹ 50,000 pension will now receive ₹ 70,000. The women internationals, who received ₹ 30,000, will get ₹ 52,500 from now.
The first-class cricketers who retired ahead of 2003 and get ₹ 22,500 will now receive ₹ 45,000.
“It is essential 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 once their playing days are over,” stated BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
“I’m pleased to announce an increase in the monthly pension of former cricketers (men & women) and match officials. Around 900 personnel will avail of this benefit and close to 75% of personnel will be beneficiaries of a 100 pc raise,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah cited on Twitter.
“The umpires have been unsung heroes and the BCCI truly values their contribution.”
BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal stated, “Whatever the BCCI is today, it is because of the contribution of its former cricketers and umpires.”
“We are pleased to announce the increase in the monthly pensions which will be a gesture for the well-being of our former cricketers.”