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Sonu Sood, a Bollywood actor, is placing his weight behind an initiative to establish a pan-India platform to encourage the emergence of young cricketers. The actor disclosed that he had always dreamed of becoming a cricketer, but in his home town, he did not have a platform. He also emphasised that when he sees small children playing cricket, he feels good.

“I always dreamt about becoming a cricket player but I didn’t have a framework in our small town, but when I see all these young children playing cricket it feels really good,” Sonu said.

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He says that pitching in to promote cricket’s budding talent will also allow him to take some time off his hectic schedule and reinvent his passion for sport.

I enjoy both batting and bowling, but I didn’t have much time to play the sport. I think we should all take some out of our busy work schedules and reinvent our passion. Sometimes you feel motivated to follow them when you see these children not only playing cricket but any kind of sports,” he said, adding that he has had discussions with Cricfit founder Mikkail Vaswani on “creating a platform on a pan-India level where they (children) can explore their abilities and enjoy the sports.

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Sonu has turned its focus to social causes since last year. In 2020, he reportedly arranged transport in the midst of Covid’s lockdown to enable around 7.5 lakh migrant workers to reach home. For frontline workers, he fitted masks and face shields, airlifted students stranded abroad, and aided farmers in distress. He also launched Pravasi Rojgar, an app to help find jobs for qualified and unskilled workers.

Next, on the job front, with the exception of a few films in the South, Sonu will be seen in “Prithviraj” starring Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, and Manushi Chhillar. Recently, Sonu said he had finished shooting his portions for the film and added that once the situation becomes normal and the audience returns to theatres, the producers are eyeing an appropriate release date in 2021.

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