Kambli part of Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy core team

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Vinod Kambli will join Sachin Tendulkar – his fancied batting partner from school, club, Mumbai and Team India – yet again as part of the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy.

The batting maestros, who three decades ago dazzled the Azad Maidan in Mumbai with their iconic 664-run stand in a school game in 1988, have now come together to craft the next generation of cricketers at the same maidan.

Kambli will be part of the team to run Tendulkar’s academy, which the latter has set up in association with England’s Middlesex Cricket Club, Mumbai Mirror has reported.
The Tendulkar-Middlesex Global Academy will start its operations with the coaching and talent scouting camps from November 1 to 4 at the DY Patil Stadium, Nerul, and   November 6 to 9 at MIG Club, Bandra. The camps will then shift to Pune from November 12 to 15 and November 17 to 20. The camps and trials will be conducted in two age groups – 7 to 17 and 13 to 18.

Once close pals, Tendulkar and Kambli had fallen apart following major differences in almost everything they did as individuals, players and entrepreneurs – together or separately.

They were not even in talking terms and Kambli had put on record that his closest friends since school days, Tendulkar did not even invite him for the latter’s retirement party.

As the saying goes ‘all is well that ends well’, the celebrated duo is together again. “Vinod and I have played together from the time we were in school. When we met recently, I told him about my project and Vinod readily agreed to contribute. I am delighted to have him on board,” Tendulkar has told Mirror from Bhutan.

“Having Vinod on the cricket field with me will definitely bring back some very special memories,” Tendulkar said.

It is a “dream come true moment” Kambli.  “I immediately said yes when Sachin discussed the idea of coaching together. It’s a great opportunity to go back to the maidans with him and re-live our days there. I hope to teach the kids what Achrekar sir taught us when we were their age. I thank Sachin for showing faith in me,” Kambli had told Mirror.

The coaching staff at the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy will have several present and former first class cricketers from Mumbai in addition to Englishmen David Malan, Toby Roland Jones, Nick Compton and John Simpson.

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