Cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin pledges to donate Rs. 10 Lakhs to the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) in order to help 30 players, who are suffering from financial crisis in this difficult situation. Till Now, ICA has raised ₹24 lakhs.
Last Wednesday, in an online meeting ICA took a decision to help needy cricketers.
Ashok Malhotra, the president of ICA told, “Every player has contributed as per his capability. The most important thing is we made the appeal on Friday evening and by today, we have raised Rs 24 lakh.”
Out of the whole amount, ICA has contributed ₹10 lakhs.
Along with Azharuddin, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy also came forward to help the players who are facing problems.
Malhotra said, “This means people are connected to this initiative. And I am sure the amount will increase in the coming days so that we are able to help more players.”
“Till now we are saying that we will try to help 25-30 needy players but if the amount increases, then we can help more number of players. Players settled abroad have come forward in a big way,” he added.
He showed his disappointment by saying, “Our top players are still not involved in this initiative. We are expecting that they will also join this initiative and help their fellow players who desperately need help.”
To kick-start, it’s operations ICA had received an initial grant of Rs 2 crore from the BCCI in February.