Hockey Olympian MP Singh, Gavaskar's 'The Champs Foundation' helped, has been ill for some time.

Hockey Olympian MP Singh, Gavaskar's 'The Champs Foundation' helped, has been ill for some time.

New Delhi. Legendary player Sunil Gavaskar 's 'The Champs Foundation' helped hockey Olympian Mohinder Pal Singh, who has been ailing for some time. His organization has been helping players who are struggling with financial problems for more than two decades. Mohinder Pal Singh, popularly known as MP Singh, is suffering from kidney disease and is on dialysis and is waiting for a 'donor' for transplant. When Gavaskar was contacted, he told PTI about the CHAMPS 'Champs' Foundation, "I used to read in the media how much the former Olympians and international medalists would have faced later."

He said, "I also got information about MP Singh's health from the media (newspaper)." MP Singh was an important part of the Indian hockey team that participated in the 1988 Sol Olympics. He has played with Mohammad Shahid, MM Somaya, Jude Felix, Pargat Singh. The former Indian cricket captain said that there was no institution that would help the former star players. 

He said that there are many institutions for education, health, children and old citizens but there is no one for the former international players, so I thought of forming a foundation with personal contribution. Then we organized a 'Double Wicket Tournament' with members of the 1983 World Cup team in which an industrialist and a corporate head donated. So far, the Foundation has helped 21 former players, including monthly support and taking care of their medical expenses.


New Zealand beat West Indies by five wickets in first T20

New Zealand beat West Indies by five wickets in first T20

Auckland New Zealand beat West Indies by five wickets in the rain-fed first T20 cricket match on Friday by Duckworth Lewis, with the help of Lockie Ferguson's superb fast bowling and Jimmy Neesham's unbeaten 48 runs. Neesham scored his highest score in T20 cricket and shared a 77-run partnership with Devon Conway (41). He also shared an unbroken 39-run partnership with Mitchell Santner (31 not out) to lead New Zealand to victory with four balls to spare. The West Indies batting first scored 180 for seven wickets while the match was reduced to 16 overs per team due to rain.

In response, New Zealand scored 176 for five, losing the revised target by five wickets. Captain Kieron Pollard scored an unbeaten 75 off 37 balls for the West Indies, hitting four sixes and eight fours in his innings. The rain disrupted the Caribbean innings three times. Ferguson took a wicket on the very first ball and took one more wicket in the same over. He took five wickets for 21 runs. He became the second Kiwi bowler after Tim Southee to take five wickets in a T20 match.

New Zealand had lost four wickets for 63 runs at one time. After this new player Conway played Neesham very well. After Conway's dismissal, Neesham and Santner took over the innings and led the team to victory.