Joshi retracts, Tendulkar yet to corroborate

Published: Sunday, September 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The wait is finally over. Sachin Tendulkar will return to competitive cricket next week after being sidelined for months following an elbow surgery in May.

Tendulkar has confirmed his participation in the Canara Bank Centenary Cricket Championship 2005, commencing here on Monday, former India spinner and Canara Bank employee Sunil Joshi told reporters.

"The big news is that MRF is playing and Sachin (Tendulkar) has confirmed his participation in the tournament," Joshi said.

"This will be a good practice session for him (Tendulkar) before he goes for the Super Series," he said.

The 32-year-old star is representing MRF in the championship that will see 15 other teams in action.

The master batsman, who had pulled out of the tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, may have chosen to take part in the event to check his fitness level in match situation, ahead of the ICC Super Series between the World XI and Australia next month.

Tendulkar, who has been selected in World XI's one-day and Test squads, has been asked to confirm his availability for the Super Series by September 21. MRF's first match is against Indian Airlines on Tuesday.

Chemplast, India Cements, Cricket Association of Bengal, Air India and Hyderabad Cricket Association are some of the other teams taking part in the tournament. The final is on September 27.

Among the top cricketers scheduled to take part in the event are L Balaji, J P Yadav, M S Dhoni, R P Singh and Suresh Raina, Bank's Executive Director B Swaminathan said.

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