Saturday, 1 August 2020
THE Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is set to become the first Indian cricket body with a full-fledged museum to showcase memorabilia from legends. The museum proposal has been prepared by former MCA president Ravi Savant and has got an "in-principle" approval from Sharad Pawar, the former ICC, BCCI and MCA chief.
"A cricket museum was always an aim of the MCA. I felt it was important to rush with this plan when I read about Sunil Gavaskar donating his unique skull cap to a museum in England. I felt very sad that we are not able to showcase such memorabilia in our own country,
"It is important to make the younger generation of cricketers aware of our rich history, whether it is Indian or Mumbai cricket. That is why we are taking this initiative. Legends like Dilip Vengsarkar are very excited to see this plan come to fruition in quick time. Even our current president, Dr Vijay Patil is keen on the idea. We are hopeful of achieving this objective along with the Apex Council," added the former BCCI vice-president and treasurer.
Savant expects the museum to be ready within two years after everyone in the association is on the same page. "We will digitise the books in the library and the mini-theatre will have old and rare footage of international cricket matches featuring Mumbai players, which can be viewed by only members of the library," Savant said.