ICA to invite all former India cricketers to take up membership

ICA chief Ashok Malhotra also plans to personally invite all the top cricketers to join the group.

Top cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar (left) and Sourav Ganguly are yet to register with the ICA as members.   -  PTI

The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) plans to invite all former India international cricketers to take up membership of the association.

While nearly 1,400 former cricketers have already signed up as members, top names like Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly — who is also set to take charge as the president of the BCCI — and Sachin Tendulkar are yet to join as members. The association officially started functioning earlier this week.

ICA chief and former India cricketer Ashok Malhotra told Sportstar that efforts are on to also include the top cricketers in the list. “We want all the top cricketers to take up the membership of the association. This, after all, is their body and they should come forward and join us,” Malhotra said.

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Malhotra also plans to have a word with all the top cricketers and personally invite them to join the group. “Be it Ganguly, Tendulkar, Gavaskar or Yuvraj [Singh] — we will request all of them to come on board. We will also send them membership forms,” Malhotra said, making it clear the matter will be discussed further when the ICA board members meet in Mumbai on November 1.

The first meeting of the ICA board was held at the BCCI headquarters on October 16 and it was decided that the “first and foremost” objective will be to look after the development and benefit of former cricketers.

“We have just started our journey and we have to address quite a few issues and we will do that,” Malhotra said.

Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Bengal which plans to felicitate Ganguly on October 25 for becoming the Board president, will also fete Malhotra for being appointed the ICA chief.