Tendulkar would not bat in charity match

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar today confirmed that he would take part in the tsunami relief fund raising match but said he would not bat in the charity tie between an Asian XI and ICC XI in Melbourne on January 10.

"I am definitely participating in the match. But I won't be batting in that game as advised by my doctors," the master batsman said, adding he would leave for Australia on Friday.

Tendulkar said he was looking forward to the match as it gave him a great opportunity to do his bit for tsunami affected families.

"I feel happy to contribute towards the cause and do my bit. The occasion is such that everyone needs to be there and provide help," Tendulkar said about participating in the fund raiser for the thousands of victims of the devastating tsunami in South and South East Asia on December 26.

Asked about his elbow, Tendulkar said he has been advised complete rest by his doctor.

"I have been asked to take four weeks rest and then there will be a two-week rehabilitation period," the champion batsman said. I have been given a programme which is to ensure that I am fully fit before the home series against Pakistan."

Tendulkar was reluctant to talk about the pain in his hand. "I don't want to talk about the pain as it's liable to reopen a can of worms," he said.

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