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CricketTendulkar urges MNCs to hire sportspersons

MUMBAI: Since he’s quit the game, Sachin Tendulkar is batting in his own way for the benefit of sports. After mooting a unique idea of playing 14 players in a side at the inter-school level, which would enable all the kids to be a part of the match, the batting legend seems to be in a mood to correct the trend of top corporates not employing too many sportspersons anymore.
While top sportspersons rewarded handsomely by firms when they do well for the country, a majority of them are increasingly finding it hard to find a job. On Sunday evening, at the prize distribution function of the Police Invitation Shield at the Police Gymkhana here, Tendulkar urged corporates and multinationals to employ more sportspersons, so that they’re able to give off their best after being assured of job security.
“One change which has taken place in Mumbai cricket, which I’m not so pleased about, is the job recruitments. I think, earlier, there were less contracted players. Players had job security, which is missing today. I think that brought out the best in players,” Tendulkar said, before explaining further.
“As far as financial security was concerned, they didn’t have to worry, and be focused on the game. And that had a solid, positive result for Mumbai cricket. I’m not by any means saying that players today don’t give their best, but that job security is missing somewhere. So I use this platform to urge all our big companies, multinationals to start employing sportspersons. That’ll give them support and security,” he said.tendulkar
The ‘Master Blaster’ thanked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for finally trying out his 14-a-side idea, which has suggested just after his retirement in 2013, in the Harris Shield recently. “Though it came little late, its better late than never. The idea was to have a 14-member squad and give more opportunities to players. To me, I feel, inter-schools the career is possibly 48 months, if you end up playing for four years, and out of those, if you are playing knockout games and you don’t end up playing because of the pitch conditions.
“I mean, on a turning track, why would a coach want to play three fast-bowlers, he would play three spinners and fill the other gap with batters or an all-rounder, but very unlikely to have three fast bowlers,” said Tendulkar. “What it does, 14-member squad is it increases standard of playing, it raises the standard of playing which may be. It may not reflect right now, but in time to come, you will start seeing the results,” he added.
The 43-year-old, who came all the way from Lonavla for this function, admitted that the urge to pick up a cricket bat was still there in his heart. Praising the Police Gymkhana ground, he said: “I keep passing through this area quitter often, and I notice that this ground has improved significantly. And one is tempted to wear the leg guards and bat there, the wicket looks that good from here.”

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