Fantastic gesture by BCCI: Binny

Former players laud board’s decision to honour them

By Akshay Manwani
Bengaluru 24 May 2012
The Board of Control for Cricket in India continued felicitating former cricketers at the second DLF IPL 2012 playoff game in Bengaluru. After the first round of presentations was made at the first qualifier between the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders, the board handed out cheques to another round of cricketers, before the eliminator between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings.

With the spectators at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium cheering cricketing greats from yesteryear, the BCCI honoured Venkatesh Prasad, Roger Binny, Yashpal Sharma, Erapalli Prasanna, Rajesh Chauhan and Arun Lal among others in the second round of presentations. A few of the cricketers spoke to following the felicitation:

Yashpal Sharma:

It’s the first time cricketers’ services have been recognised by the BCCI. We are especially thankful to the President [Mr. N Srinivasan] and the entire BCCI for honouring the cricketers on the field. It’s a special honour for all the cricketers.

It was very good to hear the news. Everybody [former cricketers] whom I had interacted with was pleased that the BCCI was doing this gesture towards the ex-cricketers. It was a really nice feeling when we heard about this.

Venkatesh Prasad:

It’s one of the best things that has happened to a lot of the cricketers. I’m sure it’s not just me, but every single beneficiary would thank the BCCI and Mr. [N] Srinivasan, in particular. It’s a great initiative and it just shows the magnanimity of the person, Mr. Srinivasan, and also the members of the BCCI as well. The payers who have benefited from this scheme deserve it for the simple reason that they’ve contributed so much for the growth of cricket in India. That’s one of the reasons why such a thing has happened – a concept like T20 and also the way it has picked up. It’s only because of the seed that has been sown over the last 30-40 years or so.

The players who played in the ’60s or the ’70s, it has benefitted them hugely. There is no doubt about that. I think the BCCI has been magnanimous enough to say that the cut off is till 2004 because from there onwards a lot of money came into cricket – not just in international cricket, but in domestic cricket as well.

Roger Binny:

It’s a fantastic gesture by the BCCI. Cricketers have sacrificed so much in their lives; and to be rewarded like this is amazing for the cricketers. All of us appreciate what the BCCI has done for us after toiling for so many years on the cricket field.

All the cricketers share the same sentiments. They are all very happy that the BCCI recognized their services and [decided to] honour them in such a big way.
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