BCCI grant for treatment of Ramchand

Kolkata Sept. 6. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today granted Rs. two lakh to former Indian skipper G.S. Ramchand, who is undergoing treatment in Mumbai.

``We have been informed that G.S. Ramchand is sick and has been admitted to hospital. The Board has decided to grant Rs. two lakh on ad-hoc basis for his treatment,'' the BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya told newspersons here.

He said the Board would consider granting more money if required in future for the purpose.

BCCI's decision apparently came in the wake of resentments expressed by a number of former cricketers, including the legendary Mustaq Ali, about BCCI's indifference to their financial plight.

BCCI signs sponsorship deal

The Cricket Board signed a three-year contract for sponsorship of international cricket matches in India with a consortium of companies comprising Pepsi, TVS Motors and Videocon.

Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya said that the contract — signed with a consortium for the first time — would be valid till May 31, 2006.

As per the agreement, Videocon would be the title sponsor of the upcoming Test series between India and New Zealand in October, while TVS would sponsor the triangular series featuring India, New Zealand and Australia to be played during October-November, Dalmiya said.

With this contract, ``BCCI's relations with Pepsi is being renewed for a three-year period,'' he said.

No plans to shift match from Mumbai

The Indian Cricket Board has no plans to change its scheduled match of the India-Australia-New Zealand tri-nation series from Mumbai in view of last month's twin blast in the country's commercial capital. ``We have no plans to shift the venue,'' Mr. Dalmiya said. ``BCCI has also no special plans to provide security to the players since the Government of India can do that better.''

Mumbai would host the fourth match of the tri-series between Australia and India on November 1.— PTI/UNI

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