Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, who had suggested making Mumbai's inter-school and inter-college competitions 15-a-side affairs instead of 11, is keen to see the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) implement it soon.
During his MCA felicitation function at the Bandra Kurla Complex last December, the legendary batsman had shared this idea with the gathering.
"When we have inter-school and inter-college matches, can we take 15 players instead of 11? The boy who leaves his home everyday for a match in the hope that he will do something, a lot of times doesn't know whether he is going to play or not.
"Many a time, the wicket may be a turning track and having a third seamer makes no point. Sometimes there is only one seamer and there is a spinner bowling from the other end.
"In that there is no fault of the poor 12-year old fast bowler. But he is prepared to work hard for the entire year not knowing that he may not be picked," Tendulkar had said.
MCA's Joint Secretary Dr PV Shetty, who recently had a meeting with the batting maestro, said that Tendulkar is keen that his suggestion be implemented.
"Sachin wants to see junior cricketers especially school and college cricketers getting enough opportunities to showcase their skills. He is very excited about the idea. We might discuss it in one of our meetings," Shetty told MiD DAY yesterday.
He also said that Tendulkar was shattered by Mumbai's dismal season and has volunteered to give his inputs and suggestions in order to help the team bounce back.
"He was really disappointed with the way the season panned out. He feels for Mumbai cricket. It has always been close to his heart.
He is willing to give his suggestions and share his views with the players as and when the MCA requires him. Sachin has assured us that he will always be available for Mumbai cricket," said Shetty.
Shetty said that he offered Tendulkar to head MCA's Technical Committee. "He was not too keen to come on any committee as he wants to spend time with his family," said Shetty.