Tendulkar to offer coaching to raise funds

Published: Wednesday, June 8, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Sachin Tendulkar would be offering coaching -- though for just 15 minutes -- as part of MCC's effort to raise funds for tsunami victims during the match between MCC and an International XI on June 14 at Lord's here.

During the interval between the innings, the highest bidder in an on-line auction will receive 15 minutes of one-to-one coaching from Tendulkar, before walking out to the middle at Lord's to face an over from the world's leading Test wicket-taker Shane Warne.

Tendulkar will remain at the non-striker's end to continue to offer support and advice, and MCC will commission a commemorative photograph as a permanent reminder of the experience.

MCC president, Tom Graveney, said: "This is an incredible opportunity for one cricket fan to live a dream -- to walk out to bat against the world's leading Test wicket-taker at the Home of Cricket in front of the Lord's crowd and a world-wide television audience."

"In addition, they will be able to prepare for the experience by receiving personal coaching from one of the world's greatest ever batsmen. We hope that this amazing opportunity, which has been made possible by the generosity and co-operation of Shane and Sachin, will raise a significant additional sum for the tsunami appeal."

The online auction will begin tomorrow and close on June 11.

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