BCCI`s one time benefit likely for more players

Mumbai: The Cricket Board`s one-time benefit for players who had turned out for a specific number of domestic and international games before 2003-04 and retired is likely to be extended to a few more players who had played beyond the cut-off date, sources said on Wednesday.

"The one-time benefit was limited to only those who had played a specific number of domestic or international matches by 2003-04 and retired. But it was announced and given away only in 2012. It was suggested at the working committee that it could be extended so that a few more players who had not retired by the cut-off date could also benefit from the scheme," BCCI sources said.

Though no specific names were mentioned at the working committee meeting in Kolkata, news reports have said that five players - Sairaj Bahutule, Wasim Jaffer, Amol Muzumdar, Sanjay Bangar and S Sriram - are the new beneficiaries of the BCCI`s largesse.

The one-time payment cost the Board Rs 100 crore and benefited 160 cricketers.

Cricketers who had played more than 100 Tests got Rs 1.5 crore while those who played between 75 and 99 Tests pocketed Rs 1 crore.

Rupees 75 lakh were given to those who played between 50 and 74 Tests, Rs 60 lakh for those who turned out for 25-49 Tests; Rs 50 lakh for those who played in 10-24 Tests while those who played between 1-9 Tests and those who had played their last international match before 1970 got Rs 35 lakh each.

Players with 100 or more first class matches under their belt were given Rs 30 lakh each while those who played between 75 and 99 games received Rs 25 lakh.