India’s top snooker player Aditya Mehta was made an Honorary Member of the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai this week.
Asian Games gold-medallist Mehta joined WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson, WPBSA director Nigel Mawer, World Snooker director Miles Pearce and coach Mukesh Parmar on a trip to the famous club this week during the Indian Open.
Founded in 1933, the CCI is widely recognised as one of India’s most prestigious clubs. Other members include cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar and Vivian Richards, billiards champions Michael Ferreira and Geet Sethi and even former British Prime Minister John Major.
Ferguson said: “It was a wonderful experience to visit the Cricket Club of India. The facilities and atmosphere there are magnificent, it really is a stunning place. And for Aditya to be made an Honorary Member was a great privilege for him and shows that he is held in high esteem among the sporting community in India.
“The club also boasts a beautiful billiard room where many billiards champions are honoured. I would like to thank the President Kekoo Nicholson the President for his generous invitation.
“We have received an incredibly warm welcome everywhere we have been in this country. It has been a tremendous week in Mumbai and I must pay thanks to Captain Mohan and his team at the BSFI for all they have done to grow snooker in India. There is great potential here for success for our sport.”