Cricket news - Cricketers' Foundation extends support to Mumbai's former women cricketers

Surekha Bhandare, Sandhya Relekar and Aparna Kambli received contributions in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000.

Surekha Bhandare, Sandhya Relekar and Aparna Kambli received contributions in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000.

In a first of its kind initiative, Cricketers' Foundation, a public charitable trust set up to support retired cricketers, coaches, umpires, scorers and groundsmen in Mumbai cricket, has extended support to former women cricketers of Mumbai. The foundation, so far, has supported more than 40 players, umpires, scorers and coaches of Mumbai cricket.

"The three cricketers, Sandhya Relekar, Surekha Bhandare and Aparna Kambli have been among those who paved the way for today's outstanding women cricketers and it's most heartening to see the Foundation recognising their efforts. I would like to congratulate them and the Trustees for their forward thinking," said Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain.

On November 10, Cricketers' Foundation decided to honour the likes of Surekha Bhandare, who played 127 first-class matches, Sandhya Relekar, who figured in 139 first-class games and Aparna Kambli, who paraded her skills in 79 first-class contests. They received contributions in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000.

"This is the first time someone thought of players like us, who knocked at the doors but unfortunately couldn't make it to the India squad," said Aparna Kambli. All the three cricketers coached various state teams following their playing days but have retired or been without a contract in recent years.

"I'm grateful to Cricketers' Foundation for acknowledging my contribution to cricket," said Relekar. Several former and current India cricketers - Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul Shardul Thakur, Robin Uthappa, Kiran More and Rohan Gavaskar among others have supported the cause and appealed to the people to contribute towards it.