17 months after his 100th ton, MCA yet to felicitate Sachin Tendulkar
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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) won't be showering Sachin Tendulkar with the 100 gold coins which were promised to him after the Little Master scored his 100th international hundred in April 2, 2012. Also Read: Tendulkar set to reach 200 Test mark at Wankhede
The association is now hoping to host Tendulkar's 200th Test match, and piggybacking on the sentimentality of his landmark, to cash in on the ocassion. However, they have conveniently forgetten to honour the 100th ton from their local legend. When contacted, MCA president Ravi Savant explained away the long delay by saying that the MCA had promised 100 gold coins only if Tendulkar had managed the feat of a century of tons in Mumbai against West Indies in November 2011. Also Read: Backyard venue for Tendulkar's 200
"It was declared that Tendulkar will be honoured if he scores his 100th ton at Wankhede Stadium in front of our home public," Savant said. However, just after Tendulkar reached the milestone against Bangladesh in Asia Cup two years ago, MCA joint-secretary Nitin Dalal had come out in public to announce the reward the home association was going to gift Tendulkar. Also Read: Tendulkar not thinking about the 200th Test
"The late Vilasrao Deshmukh had announced at the last committee meeting that he had spoken to Tendulkar requesting him to give a date for the felicitation function, and that he had agreed. The date has not been fixed yet," MCA Joint Secretary Dalal had said after the century.
However, it has been more than a year since Savant was appointed to replace the deceased leader to head the MCA.
MCA had earlier tried to get in touch with Tendulkar but they didn't find suitable dates from the star for the formal ocassion. However, in an informal discussion many of the managing committee members have been saying that MCA won't felicitate Tendulkar and the common phrase used is 'bhool jao' - to forget about it. The delay has also meant that some MCA committee members have been forced to keep one wary eye on gold prices which have been heading northwards with each passing day in the last few months.