Arun Lal and his wife Debjani took a laundryman's son under their wings and he eventually went on to achieve milestones    IANS
Arun Lal and his wife Debjani took a laundryman’s son under their wings and he eventually went on to achieve milestones IANS

Kolkata: Batting for opportunities for underprivileged children, former India Test cricketer Arun Lal on Thursday lamented the “general aversion” people display towards street children. Lal and his wife Debjani took a laundryman’s son under their wings and he eventually went on to achieve milestones and is now the associate vice president of treasury at JSW Steel [Bikash Chowdhury]. “We are very fortunate to have the experience of associating with three or four other boys… they are very intelligent. What I have learnt is most of us when we are going along the road and they [street children] come to sell newspapers, we rush them aside as somebody who might steal, or do something or because they are dirty. We have a general aversion which is indescribable and I don’t understand why,” Arun Lal said. He was at the launch of CRY’s “School the Spark” campaign for child education. The former right-hand batsman urged people to provide opportunities for the underprivileged. Arun Lal disappointed with Ravi Shastri-Sourav Ganguly controversy

Meanwhile, Arun Lal on Saturday chose to term the ongoing spat between former national team director Ravi Shastri and ex-captain Sourav Ganguly as disappointing. Shastri had lashed out at Ganguly a few days back after he was overlooked for the Indian team chief coach s job. Leg-spin legend Anil Kumble was selected by the three-member Board of Control for Cricket in India s (BCCI) cricket advisory panel which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Ganguly. “Nothing surprises me in Indian cricket anymore. A member of the committee [Ganguly] wasn`t present and that was disrespectful to the selection process, Shastri had told media.