Pune: "Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes," said Pierre de Fredy, better known as Baron de Coubertin, the founder of the International Olympic Committee and the father of modern Olympic games. Juan Antonio Samaranch expanded that vision in June 1993 with the Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Today, it exhibits more than 10,000 pieces and attracts nearly 250,000 visitors annually. Up to 40 Olympic museums have sprung up across the world since then, and many more are in the pipeline.
In the cricket world, the Marylebone Cricket Club museum at Lord's in London showcases the sport’s history from the 19th century onwards under one roof. Then, there is the Bradman museum in Bowral, Sydney. The comprehensive storyline weaved with precision and narrated animatedly by the tour guide turns the clock back and gives the visitors a virtual feel of a time that would have otherwise been buried under the excuse of routine commitments.
India’s first cricket club, the Oriental Cricket Club, was established by the Parsis in Bombay in 1848. India made their Test debut at Lord’s in June 1932, have since produced 272 Test players and played 462 Tests in all. However, there is not a single platform that brings India’s cricket fraternity together. Only readers of Ramachandra Guha's "A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport" know the role of the Palwankar brothers in the evolution of Indian cricket.