Taking a cue from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has decided to start a pension scheme for their ex-Ranji Trophy players.
MCA president Ajay Shirke told Hindustan Times on Saturday that the scheme is likely to start in the first quarter of 2007. MCA will thus become the first state association to offer financial support to their former cricketers.
“The managing committee has approved the support scheme in principle,” Shirke said. “We have set up a special committee to decide the final criteria.”
Shirke, however, said their pension plan will be different from the BCCI’s.
“Ours will be a need-based support scheme,” he said. “It won’t have anything to do with the number of games a player has played for Maharashtra.
“Instead, we want to support those who are really struggling for a living. There are numerous ex-players who find it difficult to meet their basic needs. So, we will prefer to support a player having played only a couple of games and is struggling to make a living than paying someone who has played 100 games but is well-off financially.”
The BCCI’s criteria for the pension scheme revolves around the number of Ranji Trophy and international matches played by a player.
Shirke also mentioned that their financial support won’t match that of the BCCI’s. “We cannot match BCCI in terms of the amount,” he said. “Our financial support will be around Rs 3,000 per month.”