Sachin advised not to play domestic cricket

Published: Friday, December 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar will not play any domestic cricket in the remainder of the current season to give sufficient rest to his left elbow, Indian team physiotherapist Andrew Leipus said today.

"I had spoken to a leading elbow surgeon in Australia yesterday and his advice communicated to Sachin is that he should rest his elbow. He will not play any domestic cricket this season," Leipus told reporters at the Wankhede Stadium here.

Tendulkar missed nearly three months of cricket after he was afflicted with an elbow injury. He could not play in the Holland triangular series, the NatWest Challenge series and the ICC Champions Trophy in August-September. The champion batsman also missed the first two Tests of the four-match series against Australia at home.

"Tendulkar's elbow is still tender and he has been advised not to play any domestic cricket," Leipus added.

Leipus also said he was set to meet caretaker president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jagmohan Dalmiya next week in Kolkata to discuss his future role with the Indian team.

"I am not going to be connected with the Indian team in the same role any more. I am going back to Australia to pursue my studies and upgrade my skills on physiotherapy from February 2005. It's a four-month course and afterwards I intend to continue the study through correspondence," Leipus said.

But Leipus said he would continue his association with the Indian team if given a chance to work on a part-time basis by the BCCI.

"I am also interested in interacting more at the junior level and with other sports disciplines also if invited," Leipus said.

Leipus is to remain in India throughout January during which he would make a visit to the Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy.

"I also want to see the progress made by Laxmipathy Balaji who I may see either at Bangalore or Chennai," he said.

Balaji, who suffered a groin injury during the NatWest series in England, has not played a competitive match since then but has started bowling at the nets.

On the injury sustained by left arm paceman Irfan Pathan in Bangladesh, Leipus said at the moment the abdomen strain he suffered after his fall during the second Test at Chittagong was not too serious but it needed rest.

"Otherwise there are chances it may become worse," the Aussie-born physio added.

On Ajit Agarkar missing the Mumbai-Delhi Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group 'A' match, which commenced here today, Leipus said he has suffered a lot of muscle loss.

"He was assessed in Bangladesh (during the three-match limited over series) and it was found Ajit has a lot of muscle loss all over his body after having bowled a lot in domestic cricket. And that is why he was advised rest."

Regarding the overall fitness levels of the Indian players since he took over five years ago, Leipus said things had improved a lot but more is needed to be done especially in the off-season.

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