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BCSA congratulates Shyam Bhatia Cricket Museum

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:57, Apr 19,2020 | Updated: 00:38, Apr 20,2020

 
 

Dubai-based Indian industrialist Shyam Bhatia poses with the biography of former Bangladesh captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza in his cricket museum. — Courtesy photo

Bangladesh Cricket Supporters Association on Sunday congratulated Shyam Bhatia on the 10th anniversary of his Cricket Museum in Jumeirah, Dubai.

Bhatia, a Dubai-based Indian industrialist, who accumulated one of the finest collections of cricketing memorabilia in the world, established the museum in Dubai in April 2010.

The Shyam Bhatia Cricket Museum, possibly the only cricket museum of its kind in the world which has on display one of the largest collections of cricketing memorabilia like autographed bats, balls, rare books, art, photos, ties, caps, jackets and cricket equipment’s of some of cricketing greats

On the guest book of the museum, one can find comments from top sportsmen and greats from various walks of life.

Steve Waugh wrote: ‘This museum is a fantastic tribute to cricket. This will inspire many children to take up the game,’ while Alan Donald added: ‘If I had a place like this [museum], I would sleep in it.’

Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Imran Khan, Sunil Gavaskar and Arjuna Ranatunga have said that the museum is a testament of Bhatia’s passion for the game.

BCSA officials visited the museum when they travelled to United Arab Emirates to support Bangladesh team in Asia cup 2018.

Shyam Bhatia expressed his keenness to support school cricket of Bangladesh under his ‘Cricket for Care’ initiative.

He requested BCSA to take the initiative where he will donate 50 bags of cricket equipment from the Shyam Bhatia Cricket for Care Foundation to some schools. 

Bhatia gifted his own publication titled ‘Portraits of the Game’ to BCSA members. The Cricketing greats recalled their magic moments, and its sequel portraits on this book.

BCSA presented him with a memento and its publication the biography of Mashrafee bin Murtaza.

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