To help improve the financial stability of cricket in the Caribbean, a former West Indies pacer has reached out to cricket icons in India, including the great Sachin Tendulkar.
Cricket West Indies has been in a financial turmoil for long. It is something that has hampered their cricket and caused several tiffs between the players and the West Indies cricket board. Things have gotten slightly better over the years but Cricket West Indies are far from attaining an ideal financial stability, due to which cricket at the grassroot level in the Caribbean is suffering.
To help improve the situation, former West Indies pacer Winston Benjamin has reached out to cricket icons in India, hoping for some help. For Benjamin, the donations he is looking for need not be monetary; in fact, he is content with something as basic as cricket bats or other equipment which he can help distribute to budding players in the country. With the IPL providing an abundance of financial support to so many cricketers across the world, Benjamin is hoping for only the bare minimum.
“Previously, we used to have a tournament in Sharjah where it used to be like a benefit game for players from different countries. I don’t want benefit. All I want is for somebody to say ‘here is some equipment’ – 10-15 bats, that is good enough for me. I don’t want 20000 US dollars. I just want some equipment so that I can give back to youngsters. That’s all I am asking,” Benjamin said in a video shared by veteran sports journalist Vimal Kumar on his YouTube channel.