Mohammad Azharuddin (TOI Photograph)
MUMBAI: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has offered a Rs 25,000 monetary help to Prashant Singh, a 20-year-old quick bowler from Bihar, who has nonetheless not been paid his match charges as a result of him for turning out for the Bihar Beneath-23 staff within the 2019-20 season in two tournaments.
“I do not like exhibiting off. I do not need to embarrass that boy and most significantly his household. It is what has been taught by my dad and mom and grandfather,” responded Azharuddin when TOI contacted him on this difficulty. He’s presently the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Affiliation (HCA).
“I am grateful to each Azhar sir and Aditya Verma, who advised him about my plight, for serving to me out on this hour, from the underside of my coronary heart. I nonetheless cannot imagine that such a giant cricketer has helped me. I’ve simply met Azhar sir as soon as, when he got here as a chief visitor for a match, organised by Verma, two-three years again, however I’ve by no means spoken to him,” Prashant advised TOI from Chhapra in Bihar.
Other than Azharuddin, the teen additionally has assist coming from former Indian wicketkeeper Surinder Khanna in Delhi. “After Verma advised me about him, I messaged my mates and acquaintances about the necessity to assist him. We are going to all pool in some cash to assist him, and all such needy individuals related to cricket. I had seen this boy in Muzaffarpur four-five months again in a match, and was impressed together with his expertise,” Khanna advised this paper.
With the pandemic raging throughout the nation, Prashant was anxious on the monetary entrance, as his elder brother caught covid and his mom was unwell too. “My brother has recovered now, however you understand how costly it might have been had I been compelled to take him to the hospital,” he mentioned.
“I performed seven four-day video games and 4 one-day video games for Bihar within the 2019-20 season, for which the BCCI is but to provide me match charges, which quantities to Rs 8 lakhs. It isn’t a small quantity. I am not the one participant from Bihar who has not been paid their dues. Many cricketers who performed for the Bihar senior and under-23 groups haven’t been paid their dues, and are in a much bigger monetary strife than me,” Prashant lamented. Beneath-23 gamers are paid Rs 70,000 for a four-day sport and Rs 17,500 for a one-day sport.
“Once I requested the Bihar Cricket Affiliation (BCA) officers about it, they mentioned it was a voucher difficulty. Nevertheless, it should not have taken this lengthy. Individuals say that my profession might be below menace if I ask for this cash, however this battle is about my rights. I’m but to obtain fee for having taken half within the Bihar Cricket League (BCL) too. I performed for Bijapur Bulls and Rs 50,000 is because of me,” he mentioned.
“All of the gamers have been paid their match charge for the 2019-20 season by the BCCI. In Prashant’s case, there was some technical difficulty together with his voucher, however he’ll get his fee quickly. We had despatched all of the invoices to the BCCI, however we have been advised that there was an error in them. So we have now despatched all of the invoices once more. Please word that a number of our workers at BCA was hit by covid lately, which slowed down issues a bit administratively, as folks could not go to the BCA workplace,” mentioned Rakesh Tiwary.