Umpires’ group starts distributing food grains to help local scorers, groundsmen hit by lockdown
‘Lending a Hand’, an initiative by a group of former umpires, continued to help the local match officials, scorers and groundsmen, who are in distress due to the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown, by starting distribution of foodgrains.
The initiative, led by former Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) managing committee member and ex-BCCI umpire Ganesh Iyer, had earlier raised funds for umpires and scorers whose livelihood has been hit hard following the suspension of cricket activities due to the pandemic.
With Maharashtra continuing to reel under the impact of the dreaded disease, which has infected over 6000 people in the state, ‘Lending a Hand’ has now started distributing food essential to needy umpires, scorers and groundsmen.
“Lending a Hand took up another initiative with the support of Manoj Berde (fellow Umpire from BARC) and are progressively supplying food essential to 50 needy Umpires, Scorers and Groundsmen,” Iyer told PTI on Friday.
“The process began a few days ago. Sandeep Thakur is coordinating on behalf of ‘Lending a Hand’ and is supported by a scorer in distribution. The first lot has been delivered comprising -- Tur Dal 1 kg, Rice 2 kg, Masala 1/4 kg, Wheat Flour 2 kg and refined soyabean oil.”Iyer said they had collected a total of ₹5.04 lakh in their fund-raising initiative, of which ₹4.30 lakh has been distributed.
“48 match officials have recieved ₹7500 each and 14 other match officials have received ₹5000 each,” he said.
“We have a balance of ₹74,000 left, which has been kept for emergencies. It will be disbursed in the last week.”The COVID-19 pandemic has so far claimed over 700 lives and infected more than 23,000 people in the country.