Tendulkar to leave for Australia on Friday

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sachin Tendulkar today denied he had pulled out of the January 10 tsunami relief fund-raising match between Asia XI and the Rest of the World XI, scheduled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, adding he was leaving for Australia on Friday.

"It's all rumours (his pulling out). I am definitely participating in the match. The only thing is I will decide after reaching there whether I will be in the playing eleven," the master batsman and compiler of a record-equalling 34 Test centuries told PTI here.

"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 which wreaked havoc in South and South East Asia on December 26 last.

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.

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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