What’s this? Vijay Mallya seems to have developed a keen interest in cricket. He lent Sharad Pawar a helping hand recently when the latter found that he was unable to attend an important ICC meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, because of commitments in Parliament.
The meeting was slated for March 1, the day after budget presentation and the day before Pawar’s question time in Parliament. Mallya gallantly offered to fly him out in his private plane.
So, immediately after Chidambaram finished his budget speech, Pawar, accompanied by Mallya and Rajiv Shukla, drove to the airport, flew to Cape Town in 12 hours, attended the ICC meet and got back in time to face Parliament.
Although Mallya is a Pawar friend, observers of cricket politics are little surprised by the gesture. Speculation is rife that the liquor baron is eyeing a role in cricket officialdom (through the Karnataka Cricket Association maybe?) after losing to Cyrus Poonawala in the Royal Western India Turf Club election.