Sachin Tendulkar has given 18 suggestions to revive Mumbai cricket to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Apex Council. The newly elected MCA body had requested Tendulkar to give his suggestions on road ahead.
Tendulkar pitched for a 14-member squad in Mumbai school cricket and that each player should get a chance to play in the season. He also wanted the association to rigorously check and stop age frauds and not allow over-aged players to be part of any junior team.
He also felt that the MCA junior selection trials should be held in big grounds instead of small maidaans where boundaries are just a few yards away.
He also wanted MCA to have one player from Mumbai U-19 and from U-16 in the playing squad in A-B division. He also battled for promotion of women’s cricket.
In another key suggestion, Tendulkar advised MCA to have pre-season tours and make reciprocal arrangements with different teams. He also said that no Mumbai player or team should travel by bus and that they should never travel in the night.
Tendulkar also demanded better remuneration for support staff and also believed that MCA should give respectful farewells to its senior players. In the past, MCA has seen many senior players leave Mumbai cricket with a bitter experience, unhappy with a coach or the association itself.
“We had a lengthy discussion where he spoke on various areas. Tendulkar gave his suggestions and his views were fantastic. We wanted his views and suggestions on how we all can make Mumbai Cricket better than before. We have been Ranji Trophy champions before and we all want to see Mumbai back again winning titles,” MCA vice president Amol Kale told The Indian Express.
“He also suggested important points on importance of improvement in cricket at grass root level and about the importance of discipline in cricketing,” Kale said.