I don't duck matches: Sachin

Written by: S K Sham
Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 0:00 [IST]
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"Whatever the match, if I am free and commited to play, I never turn my back," he added.

It was a typically mild reaction from the world's best batsman, to criticism by Gujarat officials on his pulling out of the Challenger series, an annual exercise in discovering and recognising talented cricketers. Narhari Amin, president of the Gujarat Cricket Association, the hosts of the four-day tournament in which three sides -- India Seniors, "A" and "B" teams -- participated, had in particular hit out at Tendulkar for missing the matches, saying he badly needed rest.

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