Tendulkar withdrawn from exhibition T20 game

India's champion bastman Sachin Tendulkar was pulled out of an exhibition match in Wellington in the eleventh hour when the BCCI objected to presence of an ICL player in his team.

Written by Agencies | Wellington | Published:February 27, 2009 4:13 pm

India’s champion bastman Sachin Tendulkar was pulled out of an exhibition match in Wellington in the eleventh hour when the BCCI objected to presence of an ICL player in his team.

Tendulkar and wicketkeeper-batman Dinesh Karthik,both of whom are not in the Twenty20 squad,were to play in a charity match between the New Zealand Cricket Association and Australian Cricketers’ Association.

The Indian Cricket Board objected to the presence of Hamish Marshall,a former New Zealand batsman who featured in the unauthorised ICL last year,in the Kiwi side,featuring Tendulkar.

Karthik was to play for the Australian side in the match,which was billed as a curtain-raiser to the second Twenty20 between India and New Zealand.

The Indian team management withdrew both the players just ahead of the match.

Marshall had played for the Royal Bengal Tigers in the ICL last season.

The BCCI and the ICL are at loggerheads since the inception of the rebel league in 2007. BCCI has taken a very tough stance on the ICL and the tussle between them has led to cricketers,figuring in the rebel league,being banned by their respective boards.

Indian Test batsman VVS Laxman,who was to appear for Nottinghamshire,was also stopped by BCCI to play for the English county because of presence of many ICL players in its ranks.

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