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ACA mulls ex gratia

Guwahati, May 14: The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) is thinking of introducing ex gratia for former first class cricketers on the lines of BCCI grants to former Test caps.

ACA secretary Bikash Baruah told The Telegraph: “Apart from the construction of the cricket stadium at Barsapara, which we are expecting to complete this year, we propose to do something for the players who have rendered invaluable service to the state. Our idea is to introduce a one-time grant to ex-players to acknowledge their outstanding services.”

Baruah, however, said the ACA finance committee will soon finalise the eligibility and amount to be paid.

The panel will also decide from which fund the grant could be introduced.

“We will put up the finance committee proposal before the governing body for its approval before announcing the grants,” he said.

The BCCI had on Saturday introduced ex gratia grants to former Test players in the range from Rs 35 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore. There will be grants of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh for first class players. The beneficiaries will have to be those who retired before the 2003-04 season.