A former member of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning cricket team is running for a seat on the sport’s national governing body on the promise of better medical and travel insurance for current and retired players.
Kiriti Azad has released a 13-point manifesto in his bid to win next week’s players’ representative elections at the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA), according to the Times of India. At stake is a seat on the Apex Council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India – the national governing body for the sport in the country.
If elected, Azad has promised in his manifesto to deliver a “substantial” increase in the current pension amount being paid to the cricketers, to ensure every cricketer and his dependent family members are provided comprehensive medical and hospitalisation through the help of group medical insurance cover, and that players’ travel insurance is on par with their international counterparts.
While former India players Anshuman Gaekwad and Dodda Ganesh are also running in a three-way contest, Azad told the Times of India that he was confident that he can “make a difference” to the lives of many current and retired cricketers.