Pravin Amre is Shivaji Park's new missionary man
Pravin Amre dedicated his victory in the Shivaji Park Gymkhana (SPG) elections to the 40-odd trainees, who according to him, is the reason behind fighting the elections. Amre defeated Dr Umesh Kulkarni by 367 votes to snatch the president's post of the renowned city gymkhana
Last year, SPG sacked Amre and former Mumbai left-arm spinner Padmakar Shivalkar, coaches of its academy. Amre said he was motivated to fight the system after “injustice” meted out to the SPG academy boys. “We (Amre and Shivalkar) had been looking after the functioning of the academy since the last eight years. But one fine day, the new committee decided to sack us. So, we started our own academy,” Amre told MiD DAY.
“The helpless boys of the academy moved to our academy because they did not want to be trained under new coaches.
That motivated me to fight this election. So, this victory is for them (academy cricketers). The members also realised that so they voted for us,” the former India batsman added.
Amre, who is also among the support staff of Pune Warriors India, now wants his private academy cricketers to be part of the SPG team. “There should be a joint-selection for the SPG team because these boys have come from the gymkhana itself,” he said.
The former Mumbai coach’s priority is to invite ex-cricketers to discuss plans regarding activities at the club. “I am thankful that the members believed in me. I want to ensure better facilities and infrastructure for all other sports too. As far as cricket is concerned, I want to invite ex-cricketers to discuss how to go about things. I want to develop an ‘A’ team for the club,” Amre concluded.