Shillong, Nov 12: Syed Mujtaba Hussain Kirmani, the Indian wicketkeeper who was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, is keen to be associated with Meghalaya Cricket Association to groom budding cricketers in the state.
Kirmani, who is currently associated with Karnataka State Cricket Academy as a consulting director, also hinted at setting up a cricket academy in Meghalaya.
“If given an opportunity, I would associate myself with Meghalaya Cricket and whatever little experience I have I would like to pass on to these kids,” said Kirmani.
During his visit to Meghalaya Cricket Association ground at Polo on Friday, Kirmani interacted with the budding cricketers and advised them to bring in the “gentlemen” factor back in cricket and keep the country ahead of anything, while he drew an example of the 1983 World Cup and said all the members of the Indian team in 1983 World Cup had not played for anybody but the country.
Talking to the media, Kirmani stressed the importance of inter-school tournaments, particularly in the northeastern region of the country to nurture and scout cricketing talents from this part.
“It’s a good sign that the eastern sector (states) has come forward in promoting cricket,” said Kirmani.
On India’s World Cup debacle, Kirmani said winning or losing is part of the game and a team cannot win every day.