The Hindustan Times profiles Naik who says that despite his success, he only earns Rs 15,000 a month, and that not a single official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come forward so far to help him.
Despite representing India for 13 years, I don’t get any money for playing cricket. It’s my NGO, Samarthanam, where I work as a sports co-ordinator, which pays me Rs 15,000 as monthly salary. Despite my contribution to Indian cricket over the years, I am still waiting for a government job. The salary I draw is not enough for sustenance.
He says his dream is to meet India batsman Virender Sehwag:
I wish I could meet him one day. I would like to invite Sehwag for the next T20 World Cup.