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The newly elected President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India Anurag Thakur has many objectives to fulfil in his tenure.  Amongst one of the many noble agendas that he has proposed, Thakur has promised to give INR 5 crore to the deaf and dumb cricketers, according to Deaf Cricket Society.

The officials of the society had a meeting with Thakur where they congratulated him for becoming the president of the Indian Cricket Board. The 41-year-old, who is also a Member of the Parliament, was praised by the society, “It is highly appreciable that immediately after becoming president Anurag Thakur announced Rs 5 crore help towards deaf and dumb and visually impaired cricketers for the next five years.”

Thakur, who took over the reins from Shashank Manohar, has a tough job at his hand. Amidst all the speculations regarding the Lodha Committee’s recommendations, Thakur has vowed to carry on the reforms process in the BCCI, insisting that the Board would not run away from implementing the “practical” recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.

The Member of Parliament for the Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have taken the challenges in his stride as he said, “Where there is a challenge, there is an opportunity, it all depends on one’s perspective. I see an opportunity that this is the time to deliver.”

Other noble recommendations

In the Special General Meeting, 10 objectives were proposed by the committee. There were quite a few noble causes amongst the objectives. Some of them were:

#1 INR 100 Crore were earmarked for one-year water conservation project using Solar Panels, trying ‘Rain Water Harvesting’ and ‘Sewage Treatment’ to conserve water during a crisis like drought. Earlier, drought conditions in Maharashtra and other states forced BCCI to shift IPL 2016 matches from Mumbai, Pune and Rajkot.

#2 Minimum 10 percent free tickets for international matches allocated for girl students, specially-abled persons.

#3 Creating ‘Mobile Coaching App’ licensed by BCCI which can be used in cricket academies in remote areas where they can get access to state-of-the-art coaching as 70 percent associated with these academies have access to smartphones.

#4 Implementation of Central Contracts for India’s women cricketers and a detailed report sought within a month.

The financial help for the deaf and dumb cricketers was one amongst these and it is surely a welcome move by the apex body. This noble initiative will surely act as a boost for the players who defy all the odds to play the game with full of zeal and zest.

BCCI to provide Rs 5 crore as financial support for deaf, dumb and visually impaired cricketers

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