Former Ranji cricketer Prakash Bhagat with Sachin Tendulkar at NCA

Assam Cricket Association has come forward to help former Ranji player Prakash Bhagat from Silchar who is now forced to sell tea and snacks to meet his family’s expenses.

Prakash Bhagat had once trained with the Indian team led by Saurav Ganguly at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Announcing an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh for the former Assam Ranji cricketer, a statement from Devajit Saikia, secretary at Assam Cricket Association (ACA), said that Bhagat’s financial trouble came to the fore because of media reports.

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The ACA also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,00 for cricketer Rujanmani Bora of Dhakuakhana.

“Assam Cricket Association announces ex-gratia payments of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 for former Ranji player Prakash Bhagat of Silchar and young cricket player Rujanmani Bora of Dhakuakhana, Lakhimpur respectively, who have fallen on hard times due to the many-sided adversities brought about by COVID-19,” the ACA statement said.

“Prakash Bhagat, apart from being a former Ranji Trophy player, had also represented Assam in Vijay Merchant U-16 Trophy, CK Nayudu U-22 Trophy, Cooch Behar U-19 Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy (One Day format),” the statement added.

Rujanmani Bora is a U-19 player.

“Assam Cricket Association, upon learning about the players’ dire straits from various media sources, at once decided to extend financial assistance to them to help them tide over the crisis,” ACA said.

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