BCCI acting president CK Khanna on Sunday appealed to Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai to sanction at least Rs 5 crore for the families of the Indian soldiers, martyred in the Pulwama terror attack.Also Read - Bipin Rawat Dies in Chopper Crash: Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom Lead Sports Fraternity Tributes For Chief of Defence Staff And 12 Other Martyrs
Former India opener Virender Sehwag has already declared that children of martyr’s families will be provided free education at his ‘Sehwag International School’ if they wish to apply. The Vidarbha senior team also announced that they would donate their entire Irani Cup winners’ prize money for the welfare of the martyrs’ families. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Becomes Team India's New White-Ball Captain, Virat Kohli Sacked From ODI Captaincy
“We are saddened and join our fellow Indian citizens in condemning the dastardly Pulwama Terror attack. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers,” Khanna wrote in a letter to COA, office bearers and state units. Also Read - Ashes 2021: Queensland Police Trolls England Cricket Team After Australia Bowl Out Visitors For 147 at The Gabba, Tweet Goes Viral
“I request the Committee of Administrators that BCCI should contribute at least Rs 5 crore through the appropriate government agencies to the families of the martyred soldiers,” the acting president further wrote.
The acting president, in his own capacity also requested the state associations as well as the IPL franchises to make generous contribution to the cause. “I am also going to request the state associations and the respective Indian Premier League franchise owners to consider making contributions.”
Khanna also requested that a two-minute silence be observed in the memory of the martyred soldiers during the opening game of the India vs Australia series as well as the IPL. “As a mark of respect to the Central Reserve Force personnel martyred in the terror attack, we should observe a two-minute silence during the first match of the India vs Australia series starting February 24, and during the opening ceremony/inaugural match of the Indian Premier League starting March 23,” he wrote.