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'BCCI to ask Sachin to retire'

'BCCI to ask Sachin to retire'
The BCCI will ask Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in international cricket, to retire after he plays his 200th Test against West Indies later this year, according to an exclusive report by Mumbai Mirror.

Tendulkar, who turned 40 in April this year, has had the worst slump of his 24-year career. He has not scored a century in 22 Tests and has averaged 35 in eight Test abroad. Given this, the Board feels that the legend should hang up his boots and make way for newer talent.

Tendulkar has had a woeful run in the last eight Tests at home. For someone who has a career average  of 53.86 in Tests, he has scored 304 runs at a paltry average of 25.33 in the Tests against England and Australia. Referring to his batting against during this period, a senior official was quoted as saying, “He could not face a bowler like Monty Panesar in home conditions. He was further exposed in the series against Australia. Now the tricky bit is who will let him know this…”

However, the identity of the person who will be selected to deliver this message has not been made clear yet. Given Tendulkar’s stature in international cricket and the transition in BCCI, a senior administrator will convey the news to Tendulkar.

“Put together, they (the selectors)do not match his stature of 200 Tests and over 33,000international runs. Between them, the four selectors –the other one has not played Test cricket – have not played even one third of the Tests that Tendulkar has played,” the official said.

The official also said that the two-Test series against West Indies was arranged keeping in mind the maestro’s approaching landmark of 200 Tests. He also said that the venue for this landmark Test will most likely be Mumbai.

Until recently, it was widely believed that the fourth Test against Australia early this year was his last Test at home. Until West Indies were invited for a tour, India was slated to play all its Test matches away from home for the next 15 months. However, with the tour against West Indies having been arranged, it became clear that Sachin will play his 200th Test at home, and not in South Africa as earlier believed.

This is the second time in two weeks that Sachin retirement’s has made news. Earlier, it was reported that chairman of selectors had told him that his inclusion in the side after his 200th Test will depend solely on his current form, not past records. However, Patil later denied this saying that he had not met the legend for nearly a year.

Tendulkar’s retirement from the game has been one of the recurring debates in recent times. Last year, he announced his retirement from ODIs. After six seasons with Mumbai Indians, he announced his retirement from IPL after his team won their maiden title this year. Tendulkar is currently playing the CLT20 in what is his last stint with Mumbai Indians as a player.

Tendulkar has not responded to the report by Mumbai Mirror yet.