Mumbai: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has returned a government plot allotted to him in Mumbai 33 years ago to set up a cricket academy, an official from the Maharashtra housing agecy MHADA said on Wednesday.Also Read – Antilia Case: Pradeep Sharma Main Conspirator in Cold-blooded Murder of Mansukh Hiran, Says NIA
State Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad had last year expressed displeasure over Gavaskar not utilising the plot in suburban Bandra, where a cricket academy was proposed, even after 30 years of the allotment. Also Read – Will Respond With Hanuman Chalisa If Azaan is Played on Loudspeaker, Reiterates Raj Thackeray | LIVE Updates
Gavaskar has now returned the plot to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) after the latter’s eight-month-long deliberations and meetings with partners of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi in the state, the official said. Also Read – Leaves of All Cops Cancelled, Maharashtra Police on Alert After Raj Thackeray’s Ultimatum Over Loudspeaker
Awhad also confirmed that Gavaskar had written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, informing that he could not set up a cricket academy on the Bandra plot given to him years ago.
Earlier, Gavaskar along with batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had approached Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with a plan to develop the academy, but it did not materialise.
The MHADA, which comes under Awhad’s ministry, had requested Gavaskar to return the unused plot.