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 M D Paralkar  

A half century and still going strong

M D Paralkar at the Mumbai Schools Sports Association buildingWith the Giles Shield, the city's premier inter-school cricket tournament, getting under way on October 30, the organising secretary of the Giles Shield and Harris Shield tournaments M D Paralkar has every reason to feel proud. Paralkar has had the honour of being associated with this prestigious tournament for over 5 decades. Paralkar has seen batting maestros like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar slog it out in the Giles Shield and Harris Shield during their formative years.

Paralkar in a pensive mood72-year-old Paralkar derives his expertise not only from his rich experience as an administrator in cricket affairs, but also as a player who had represented Wilson High School in the Giles and Harris Shield. He led his school to victory in 1943-44. He also played a key role in the other three victories of his school in the Giles Shield. Paralkar took over the post of cricket secretary of the Bombay School Sports Association in the mid-80s and has worked for the betterment of the tournament. Mumbaibest spoke to M D Paralkar at the Mumbai Schools Sports Association office.

Paralkar stands among the glittering trophies kept in the Mumbai School Sports "During my school days, the Harris Shield and the Giles Shield matches were held on a two-day basis, and would start in October and end in May the following year. Today more than 140 teams participate. So when I took over as the secretary, we decided to change the format of Harris Shield and Giles Shield. Like the junior level college tournaments, we devised the preliminary rounds for these tournaments on a one-day basis, so that it gets over by January and the students get ample time to concentrate on their studies," says Paralkar.

Paralkar feels that talented youngsters can take full advantage of these prestigious inter-school cricket tournaments. “There are many top schools like Rizvi Springfield, V N Sule Guruji, Shardashram Vidyamandir and Balmohan Vidyamandir who hire professional coaches to train their teams. So students can take full advantage of these tournaments and display their talent”.

The Harris Shield and Giles Shield matches are held at Azad Maidan, Cross Maidan, Shivaji Park and Elf-Vengsarkar Academy (Oval).

Author's Name : Wasim Siddiqui
Photographer's Name : Uma Kadam


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