VCA to introduce pension plan for ex-Ranji players

Nagpur: The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA), one of the oldest cricket body in India, has approved a proposal to introduce a pension scheme for former Ranji Trophy players in the region.

"The modalities of the pension scheme will be worked out shortly by an empowered executive committee and the cut off date has been fixed as March 31, 2004," VCA President Sudhir Dabir told reporters.

The proposal to introduce the scheme was approved at the annual general body meeting of VCA held recently.

When asked about the number of players eligible for the scheme, Dabir said that there were about 268 former Ranji Trophy players who had represented Vidarbha in various zonal and national level tournament but the actual figure eligible for pension would be 94 looking to the criteria and the cut off date.

"As per the plan, we are involving all those senior members of the VCA who came forward with the proposal in the process to finalise the modalities of pension scheme," he said adding it should be finalised within two months.

However, "a section of players who had initially played for Vidarbha and later moved to Indian Railways will be excluded from the pension scheme," the association`s media incharge Rajan Nair, who is also a former Ranji Trophy all rounder and currently in the BCCI media committee, said.