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MCA approves month-to-month free of charge for the widows of former first-class Mumbai cricketers

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The Mumbai Cricket Affiliation (MCA) apex council has permitted a month-to-month free of charge for the widows of First-Class cricketers who represented Mumbai.

Confirming the event to Sportstar, MCA president Dr. Vijay Patil stated that, to start out with, these with 70 years and above can be receiving Rs. 20,000 per 30 days.

“We consider that every one the First-Class cricketers have contributed immensely to Mumbai cricket. As an affiliation, we’ve got a accountability to contribute in direction of their households. We’re glad that every one the apex council members have determined that this technique ought to be applied instantly,” Patil stated.

The choice comes within the wake of former Mumbai cricketer Milind Rege’s letter to the MCA president and different office-bearers requesting the affiliation to restart the pension for his widowed sister Pushpa Diwadkar, whose husband Sharad Diwadkar handed away in 2005.

A former Mumbai captain and an off-spinner, Diwadkar was the chief secretary of the BCCI and a managing committee member in MCA after his retirement.

In August, 2020, Mrs. Diwadkar had written to the MCA requesting pension because the BCCI (Board of Management for Cricket in India) doesn’t have such a provision for the widows of First-Class cricketers.

In accordance with Rege’s letter, which Sportstar has seen, 80-year-old Mrs. Diwadkar was given a pension of Rs. 20,000 per 30 days for 10 months in 2019 after which it was stopped. In his letter, Rege had additionally requested the cricket physique to introduce a gradation system to supply pension to the widows of former Mumbai First-Class cricketers.

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