Ex-Ranji player faces financial crisis

Updated: 09 October 2007 18:26 IST

For a man who got his last name after he bowled out Sir Frank Worrell in a first class match, life has taken an unfortunate turn for Devi Chand Worrell.

Chandigarh:

For a man who got his last name after he bowled out West Indies Captain Sir Frank Worrell in a first class match, life has taken an unfortunate turn for Devi Chand Worrell.

A fearless pacer in Punjab's Ranji team in the late 50s, Worrell is now living his life on a wheelchair.

"I used to bowl bouncers that used to come right up to the face. I thank God for having given me such talent. Lala Amarnath taught me literally holding my arms," said Devi Chand Worrell.

Apart from keeping poor health, the former Ranji player is also going through a financial crisis, he's hoping the BCCI will give him a pension.

"Sharad Pawar is the President of the BCCI. He's everything, if he can give me what the other Ranji players are getting, I'll be grateful to him. At least I'll be able to earn a livelihood and not have to beg for money. I've become like a beggar literally," said Devi Chand.

The Board claims they are unable to give DC Worrel a pension as he has played only seven first class matches. Worrel though has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High court hoping to force the authorities into helping him.

Although the BCCI has been sent a notice, it could be a while before that translates into something concrete.

Topics : Cricket
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