Sachin Tendulkar urges corporates to provide jobs for Mumbai cricketers

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 11:43 IST | Subodh Mayure

Former Mumbai and India captain Sachin Tendulkar expressed his concern over the lack of jobs for Mumbai cricketers while delivering a short speech as chief guest of the 69th Police Invitation Shield Cricket Tournament at Police Gymkhana

Sachin Tendulkar (top row) with Karnatak SA, winners of the Police Shield, at Police Gymkhana yesterday. Pic/Sneha Kharabe
Sachin Tendulkar (top row) with Karnatak SA, winners of the Police Shield, at Police Gymkhana yesterday. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar expressed his concern over the lack of jobs for Mumbai cricketers. The former Mumbai and India captain felt that job security was important for cricketers and urged the corporate world to start employing sportsmen while delivering a short speech as chief guest of the 69th Police Invitation Shield Cricket Tournament at Police Gymkhana yesterday.

Karnatak Sporting Association (KSA) were crowned champions for the first time after beating MIG Cricket Club by 86 runs. "I am not so pleased about one change that has taken place in Mumbai cricket — recruitments. My media friends are here, let me take this opportunity to express myself a little more," said Tendulkar. Financial security helped players to focus on their game and perform, but today that security factor is missing, felt Tendulkar.

"Earlier, there were less contracted players. Players had job security. I think that brought out the best from players, but this is missing in today's world. They did not have to worry of all those things and be focused on the game.

That had a solid, positive result in Mumbai cricket. Players were able to deliver. I am not saying that players today are not giving off their best and are not performing, but job security somewhere down the line is missing, so I use this platform to urge to all big companies, multinationals to start employing sportsmen." Tendulkar also sent a strong message to aspiring Mumbai cricketers.

"We all have different ways to approach our goal, but sport always teaches you something which you cannot learn in a boardroom or classroom. It teaches you planning, it teaches you to live a disciplined life. Sometimes you are not able to achieve your targets. I have failed on number of occasions in life, but your failures teach you a lot as long as you are prepared to learn. Failures taught me to get back on my feet and compete in the right manner, in the right spirit. My brief message to you here is to always try and play fair. Don't find shortcuts because success will be knocking on your door," he added.

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