The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday denied reports that chief selector Sandeep Patil has told veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar to consider his future after playing his 200th Test during the two-match series against the West Indies in November.
“There is no truth in the report. We have spoken to both Tendulkar and Patil, no such conversation ever took place,” said senior Board official Rajeev Shukla.
Speculation was rife that the series against the West Indies could be the swansong for Tendulkar, but Patil himself also denied discussing the future with the senior cricketer.
“It’s always a pleasure to meet Sachin, but I have not met him for the last 10 months. I have not called him, neither has he called me. We have not discussed anything, It’s all non-sense,” Patil said.
The report had stated that Patil met Tendulkar after the BCCI penciled in an unscheduled tour against the West Indies at home in November comprising a two-Test series and a three-game ODI rubber.
The report also hinted that Patil had told Tendulkar that the selectors will decide the batsman’s future after his much-awaited 200th Test appearance, which is expected to happen in the two-match home series against the West Indies.
“Patil spoke to Sachin Tendulkar and made him understand the entire scenario. He even told him about the selectors’ plan for the next one year and how they were looking to blood more youngsters,” the unnamed selector has been quoted as saying in the report.
The 40-year-old batting great, who has scored close to 16000 runs in Tests, has had a lean run especially over the last couple of years.
He has scored only two half centuries in the last 10 Test matches India have played at home, against New Zealand, England and Australia, and his last Test hundred (146) was in an away Test at Cape Town against South Africa in January, 2011.