Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi for promoting cricket after he gifted a bat signed by Indian National Team to Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. He claims that PM Modi’s gesture was a good instance of “cricket diplomacy”, during the ongoing 2019 World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar tweets, “Thank you for promoting cricket, @narendramodi ji. Good example of cricket diplomacy during the @cricketworldcup.” Hopes to see Maldives soon on the cricketing map, added the former Team India Batsman.
During his recent visit to the Maldives, PM Modi had presented President Solih with such a unique bat signed by Indian National Team.
He tweets, “Connected by cricket! My friend, President Solih is an ardent cricket fan, so I presented him a cricket bat that has been signed by Team India playing at the CWC2019.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India will help Maldives to promote cricket and fulfill President Solih’s mission to develop the sport in the island nation. At present, India is guiding to train cricketers in Maldives and bring the team up to the requisite standard, said the Foreign Ministry.
India is further looking forward into establishing a stadium in Maldives, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
Mr. Gokhale continued that the Foreign Ministry was working with the Board of Control for Cricket in India to assist to train Maldivian cricketers, adding that “a team from the BCCI visited the Maldives earlier in May for training of Maldivian cricketers, organising coaching programmes and supply of kits.”