Maharashtra: After Big B, Tendulkar wants to save tigers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2015 23:19 IST

The Maharashtra government is facing a problem of plenty. After it appointed superstar Amitabh Bachchan the ambassador for its tiger conservation programme, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has expressed willingness to work for the project.

In a bind, the government is now trying to involve Tendulkar in one of its other projects, as it cannot have two celebrities campaigning for the same programme.

The government had written to both Bachchan and Tendulkar on July 29, World Tiger Day, to work on its tiger conservation project. Bachchan accepted the request and forest minister Sudhir Mungatiwar even met him at his Juhu office a few days ago, to discuss the modalities.

Now, Tendulkar has written to Mungantiwar, saying he would like to work on the programme.

“I compliment the efforts being undertaken for tiger conservation and would be happy to meet you to discuss this. I have always been concerned about tiger conservation and distinctly remember dedicating one of my Test centuries to increase awareness about the cause. I request you to kindly share details of the expectations from me in the capacity of the Tiger Ambassador of the state and the way of promoting the cause,” Tendulkar’s letter, dated August 13, read.

The minister told HT the sports star will be requested to work with the government on one its new key projects.

“We are meeting the master blaster in the next few days. We will be happy to have him working on one of our projects, but it cannot be the Tiger conservation initiative, as Bachchan has already taken up that assignment,” Mungantiwar said.

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