It’s learnt that the amount (Rs 3 lakh to each of the 17 players players, Rs 3 lakh to coach Sulakshan Kulkarni, and the remaining to the other support staff) was transferred to the players’ accounts on Saturday.
“I’m thankful to the BCCI for keeping their promise. The BCCI treasurer (Arun Dhumal) and CEO (Rahul Johri) had assured me that the players will get the money today. I’m thankful to TOI for bringing this to the notice of the Board,” said Ravi Chauhan, the secretary-general of the ‘Umbrella Association’ of the All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged (AICAPC).
“All the players are very happy, as most of them are without regular jobs. They badly needed this money in this extended lockdown period,” he added.
The decision to award the handsome cash prize to the team had been taken by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) last year.
On Friday, Chauhan had written an e-mail to BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, requesting the Board to transfer the amount to the players’ accounts. The cheque, displaying an amount of Rs 65 lakh, 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.