President's Desk (October 2019)
It is an absolute honour for me to be elected as the President of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association which is one of the oldest Associations of India.
I humbly express my gratefulness to all members of MPCA who have shown faith and trust in my abilities.
While I am excited by the opportunities ahead, particularly working in cohesive partnership with our Members, Players, Volunteers, Staff, and the well-wishers of MPCA, I am equally aware of the challenges in front of me.
Yet, having a strong team of fellow office-bearers and caring members of MPCA, who are passionate for this game as also this great Institution, is going to be my strength.
In less than a month from now, MPCA is to host a Test match between India and Bangladesh. This will be the second Test match of MPCA after the 'Maiden Test' played in October 2016 between India and New Zealand.
MPCA has a strong edifice of contributors who come forward zealously to organise International events. As a sports journalist, I have covered several matches played under the auspices of MPCA, and at every occasion I have cherished the camaraderie among the group. The memories of the first ODI at Nehru Stadium in December 1983, of which I was a small part, are still fresh in my mind.
Talking about the India – New Zealand Test, that game had set an example in terms of mammoth footfall for a five-day fixture in India. More than a lakh of cricket fans visited Holkar Stadium over a period of four days of exciting cricket. The arrangements on part of MPCA were scrupulous and this helped in earning laurels for our Institution. I thank all those who had organized the Test so well.
I look forward to working with all stakeholders of MPCA to shape the future of cricket in Madhya Pradesh, the soil which has a proud history, legacy, and rich tradition. We all need to take it to new heights with a sense of greater responsibility and positive approach.
After all we are a TEAM MPCA !
With warm personal regards and best wishes for the festive season ahead !