The 50- year-old former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli sought support from the Mumbai Cricket Association to come out of his financial constraints.
It was the year 2019, when the player last coached a team for T20 Mumbai League. Hit by the post-COVID world, Kambli and his family are now facing critical financial trouble. Their dependency currently relies on just ₹30,000, which they receive from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“I am a retired cricketer, who is completely dependent on the pension from the BCCI. My only payment (source of income) at the moment is from the Board, for which I am really thankful and grateful. It takes care of my family,” asserted the Indian cricketer while talking to the reporters.
Earlier, Kambli was also seen mentoring young cricketers at Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.
“I was seeking help from the MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association). I came into the CIC [Cricket Improvement Committee], but it was an honorary job. I went to the MCA for some help. I have a family to look after. I told the MCA many times that if you require me, I am there whether it is at the Wankhede Stadium or at BKC. Mumbai cricket has given me a lot. I owe my life to this game. After retirement, there is no cricket for you. But if you want to stay steady in life, it is important to have assignments. I am looking for that from the MCA. All I can do is request the MCA president [Dr Vijay Patil] or the secretary [Sanjay Naik] for an assignment,” as stated by Vinod Kambli.
Kambli played for India as a left-handed middle order batsman. Besides, he has also played for Mumbai and Boland, South Africa and became the first cricketer to create history by scoring a century in a One-day International on his birth-day.
Having the highest career batting average of 54 among the Indian test cricketers, he played his last when he was just 23 years old. Also, appeared as a commentator on various television channels and worked with Marathi news channels as a cricket expert for the 2019 World Cup.
Presently, he is associated with the Cricket Improvement Committee for Mumbai Cricket Association.
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