After offering Rs 125 crore reward to India, BCCI urged to provide funds for treatment of former cricketer

After offering Rs 125 crore reward to India, BCCI urged to provide funds for treatment of former cricketer

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While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a reward of Rs 125 crore for the Indian team that wins the 2024 T20 World Cup, there have been demands to provide funds for the treatment of ailing former Indian cricketer and head coach Anshuman Gaekwad. Gaekwad, who coached India twice in the late 1990s, is currently battling blood cancer at King's College Hospital in London at the age of 71. Former BCCI selector Sandeep Patil, who played with Gaekwad, has urged the BCCI to intervene.

Sandeep Patil wrote in his column, “Anshuman Gaekwad told me that he has received financial support from the cricket board, but needs more financial support.” mid afternoon,

Patil said that discussions have been held with BCCI treasurer Ashish Shelar on this issue and assurance has also been given.

Patil wrote, “Former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar and I spoke to Cricket Board treasurer Ashish Shelar in this regard. We called Ashish Shelar from the car after seeing Anshuman Gaekwad in the hospital.”

“Ashish Shelar immediately said he would consider our and other former cricketers' request for funds. I am sure he will make it possible and save Anshu's life, despite the risk of sounding paranoid. Any cricketer from any country should be helped by his board, but Anshu's case must be prioritised and considered of paramount importance,” Patil wrote.

Gaekwad played 40 Tests and 15 ODIs for India between 1974 and 1987. Notably, he was India's head coach between 1997 and 1999 in his first stint, and then took over after the infamous match-fixing scandal. During his second stint, India finished runners-up to New Zealand in the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy (later known as the Champions Trophy).

In his column, Patil also mentioned the fact that Sachin Tendulkar was in his best form during Gaikwad's tenure as head coach.

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