Players who figured even in a solitary Test match will be soon richer by Rs 35 lakh. One-Test men like Kenia Jayantilal and Chandu Patankar were over the moon with the news.
Jayantilal played the Kingston Test against the West Indies on India’s victorious tour of the Caribbean in 1971. Patankar figured in the Calcutta Test against New Zealand when he replaced Naren Tamhane behind the stumps in the 1955-56 series.
The BCCI’s benevolence had some grey areas though. Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who was part of Kapil Dev’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad, said the Board deserves kudos, but stressed that players of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s deserved more. “Players of that era kept the game alive at a time when there were few Test matches.
Those players must be remembered and rewarded better,” said Sandhu, who will earn Rs 35 lakh. He played eight Tests —all in 1983. “Players who played before me should get more. This is my objection and suggestion,” he added. The erstwhile swing bowler was disappointed to learn that the wives of deceased players would not be benefiting from, what the Board calls, “one-time benefit payment.”
On the same issue, Nandini, the wife of late batting star Dilip Sardesai, said: “It is constitutionally incorrect as it goes against gender parity. The wives of players, who played in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are more needy than the retired players, who have other avenues like coaching and commentary.
Overall, the BCCI should be complimented for sharing the IPL revenues, but they must think of the wives of players, who are no more, but whose contribution is the foundation on which the edifice of modern cricket stands.”
WHO GETS WHAT…
>>Cricketers who have played more than 100 Test matches: Rs 1.5 crore
>> Between 75 and 99 Tests: Rs one crore
>> Between 50 and 74 Tests: Rs 75 lakh
>> Between 25 and 49 Tests: Rs 60 lakh
>> Between 10 and 24 Tests: Rs 50 lakh
>> Between one and nine Tests and who have played their last international match before 1970: Rs 35 lakh
>> 100 and more first-class matches: Rs 30 lakh
>> Between 75 and 99 first-class matches: Rs 25 lakh