On Friday, Ravi Chauhan, the secretary-general of the ‘Umbrella Association’ of the All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged (AICAPC) wrote an e-mail (a copy is with TOI) to BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, requesting the Board to transfer the amount to the players’ accounts.
The cheque had been given to AICAPC by Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah to skipper of India’s different-abled team skipper Vikrant Keni and his teammate Gurudas Raut, in the BCCI HQ here on March 4. Since mid-March, the BCCI office has remained closed to a lockdown amidst the coronavirus threat.
The Indian team had defeated hosts England by 36 runs to lift the T20 Physical Disability World Cricket Series in August last year.
“This is with regards to the prize money for the Indian divyang cricket team, winners of the first-ever Physical Disability World Cricket Series in England in August 2019. We are grateful to the BCCI for honouring our winning team members with Rs 65 lakh. It’s been over a month since the BCCI office-bearers invited captain Vikrant Keni and a player of the World Series-winning team Gurudas Raut at the Cricket Centre on March 4, 2020, to present the cheque,” explains Chauhan in his e-mail to Ganguly.
He then urges Ganguly to help transfer the money in the players’ accounts as they are struggling financially in this extended lockdown period. “We wanted to request you to transfer the players’ prize money as soon as possible. It will be very useful to them in this lockdown as most of them have no source of regular earning. Hope you will give directions in this regard and request to please ensure this is done with in quickest time please. Thanking you in advance,” concludes Chauhan.
He has marked a copy of the e-mail to the other BCCI office-bearers (secretary) Jay Shah, and (treasurer) Arun Dhumal, CEO Rahul Johri and GM, cricket operations Saba Karim too. “‘When will we receive our money sir?’ the players keep asking me. What do I tell them?” Chauhan told this paper.
“The money has been released by the Board. They would’ve got the money, or they should get it in a day or two. It’s been approved, cleared, it must be in the process. They just need to be patient. Maybe there are some issues due to the lockdown. It just needs to be deposited in their accounts,” said a top BCCI official.