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Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli said that he is going through a financial crisis and is keen on finding work, preferably with the upcoming youngsters in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
Kambli said that his life is currently dependent on the pension he receives from the BCCI. Having shared a bond with the MCA since his playing days, Kambli hopes to return to the same academy.
“I am a retired cricketer, who is completely dependent on the pension from the BCCI. My only payment [source of income] at the moment is from the Board, for which I am really thankful and grateful. It takes care of my family. I need assignments, where I can work with youngsters. I know Mumbai have retained Amol [Muzumdar] as their head coach, but if anywhere I am needed, I am there.”
“We have played together and we were a great team. That’s what I want them [current Mumbai team] to do…to play as a team. I was seeking help from the MCA [Mumbai Cricket Association]. I came into the CIC [Cricket Improvement Committee], but it was an honorary job. I went to the MCA for some help. I have a family to look after. I told the MCA many times that if you require me, I am there whether it is at the Wankhede Stadium or at BKC. Mumbai cricket has given me a lot. I owe my life to this game,” Kambli told Mid-Day in an interview.
Kambli said that Sachin Tendulkar has been very helpful at low points in his life and so he doesn’t want to expect anything more from the legendary batter.
“He [Sachin] knows everything, but I am not expecting anything from him. He gave me the TMGA (Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy) assignment. I was very happy. He has been a very good friend. He has always been there for me. I would go to the Shardashram school, where I would eat food when the team met. That’s where Sachin stood up as a friend. I came from a very poor family,” Kambli added.
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