"It's a terrific cause. I was shocked when I heard of some girls having to go back home because their school didn't have a proper toilet. That shouldn't be a reason for anyone to not attend classes," says the 39-year-old.
He also believes that educating illiterate mothers first is a good step. "The mother is the backbone of any family. If she's educated, she will know how to raise her child," says Sachin.
Denying that his new political clout will help this campaign, he says, "The campaign started two years ago, way before I was nominated as an MP. I need not mix these two." Sachin also clarifies that he hasn't asked the Maharashtra government for land to set up a cricket academy, saying, "I never did that. I am still playing cricket, and as long as that is happening, I would prefer to keep my focus on it. These things take time."