Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli is going through a tough phase in his personal life. He is currently out of work and is seeking assignments in cricket to make ends meet. His only source of income is the pension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Vinod Kambli, who last coached a team during the 2019 T20 Mumbai League, has been hit by the post-COVID life as he is just dependent on INR 30,000 from the BCCI. Vinod Kambli was also mentoring cricketers at the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy in Nerul, however, the retired cricketer finds Nerul too far to travel. He said:
“I used to wake up at 5am, take a cab to DY Patil Stadium. It was very hectic. I would then coach at the BKC ground in the evening,”
He added: “I am a retired cricketer, who is completely dependent on the pension from the BCCI. My only payment (source of income) at the moment is from the Board, for which I am really thankful and grateful. It takes care of my family.”
When asked about whether his best friend and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is aware of the financial problem he is facing right now, Kambli said:
“I was seeking help from the MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association). I came into the CIC [Cricket Improvement Committee], but it was an honorary job. I went to the MCA for some help. I have a family to look after. I told the MCA many times that if you require me, I am there whether it is at the Wankhede Stadium or at BKC. Mumbai cricket has given me a lot. I owe my life to this game. After retirement, there is no cricket for you. But if you want to stay steady in life, it is important to have assignments. I am looking for that from the MCA. All I can do is request the MCA president [Dr Vijay Patil] or the secretary [Sanjay Naik] for an assignment.”
Kambli added that he will be there if the Mumbai team needs him. He said: “I need assignments, where I can work with youngsters. I know Mumbai have retained Amol (Muzumdar) as their head coach, but if anywhere I am needed, I am there. We have played together and we were a great team. That’s what I want them (Mumbai team) to do…to play as a team.”