gavaskar: 33 years on, Sunil Gavaskar returns cricket school plot | India News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: Around 33 years after his trust was allotted a prime plot of land in Bandra (West) for setting up a cricket academy, cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has returned the land to Mhada as he could not build the academy as promised. In 2019, Mhada had sent a proposal to take back possession of the 21,348-square-foot plot that was allotted to Sunil Gavaskar Cricket Foundation Trust (SGCFT) in the late 1980s to set up an indoor cricket academy and terminate its agreement with the trust.
Following a fresh appeal from housing minister Jitendra Awhad, Gavaskar has now returned the land to Mhada. “Sunil Gavaskar has returned the land to Mhada. He has written a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and me stating that he can’t develop the cricket academy as planned so he is giving back the land,” Awhad said.
Mhada had approached the government in December 2019 requesting that the deal with Gavaskar’s trust be scrapped.
Gavaskar had then roped in batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar for a joint venture and the two visited Matoshree and met with the CM. Gavaskar also met with Aaditya Thackeray, guardian minister of Mumbai suburbs, leading to the junior Thackeray asking Mhada to examine if the two cricketing legends could set up an academy on the Bandra plot.
Gavaskar told TOI he had returned the land. “Yes, the trust had returned the land to the government. My current work commitments and social welfare requirements are such that I wouldn’t be able to do justice to setting up the academy which was a dream of mine. Yes of course, if Mhada wants to go ahead with the development on their own and require any inputs from me I would be happy to do so,” Gavaskar told TOI on behalf of SGCFT.
Awhad said the state was exploring options on how to develop the land meant for sports.





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