The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a “one-time benefit” scheme for players who have served Indian cricket over the years.
BCCI President N Srinivasan made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of Indian Premier League.
“We have not forgotten who played for us,” said the president.”The BCCI will give a one-time opportunity to cricketers who have graced Indian cricket–international cricketer as well as domestic cricketers who played from a long time.
“Over 185 players will be benefited from it and we will start the distribution from this year. It is a small ‘thank you’ from us to those who have done yeoman service to Indian cricket”
Srinivasan thanked the players for making the IPL a grand success. “IPL has grown from strength to strength and has established itself as a premiere tournament. BCCI is extremely proud of this achievement.
“But who is the cause, first the commitment of the players both international and domestic, who participated in the event, the enthusiasm of the franchises and assistance of the supporting staff and the cricket fans in India and around the world have contributed to its great success.
“We expect IPL 5 to be no less.”
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla announced the tournament open, saying, “It gives me a great pleasure to flag off the fifth edition of the DLF Indian Premier League, an arena where quality international and domestic cricketers take part in intense contest of strategy and skill.
“IPL is a platform where talent meets opportunity.”