South Africa Cricketers’ Association (SACA) has ruled out granting legendary batsman Graeme Pollock any financial help.
The 70-year-old elegant left-hander had recently sought financial help from India and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after being on the verge of bankruptcy. Pollock was also diagnosed with Parkinson disease and colon cancer. He reportedly suffered a stroke recently.
“In South Africa, our retirement fund covers players going back to 2002 when SACA was formed. Graeme Pollock played a long time before this,” said SACA Chief Executive Officer Tony Irish, who is also chief of FICA (The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations).
“Each players’ association in different countries has different retirement/pension fund arrangements for its players and ex players,” he added.
Pollock, who debuted in 1963, played 23 Tests with his last outing being in 1970. He lost most of his playing time because of apartheid. Cricket South Africa does not have any pension scheme like the Indian board for its former players.