Tendulkar will be back with a bang: Lloyd

Published: Saturday, October 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Despite the notion that Sachin Tendulkar is past his prime, former West Indies cricket team skipper Clive Lloyd believes the Indian batting maestro will reach the dizzy heights again on his return after a long lay-off owing to tennis elbow.

Talking to Gulf News, the former captain who led West Indies to two successive World Cup triumphs said though Tendulkar missed most of the action in recent past, the lay-off won't affect his show.

"I don't think the long lay-off will affect him in any way. He is a good cricketer and so he would know very well what are the changes he will have to do at this stage of his career," he explained.

Lloyd did not subscribe to the idea that an ageing Tendulkar would find going tough and said: "He is a great player and I'm sure he is going to come back. He is still young and not an old guy."

Arguably the best captain of his era, Lloyd also refused to lambast the World XI players for their poor show against Australia in the Super Series.

"It is unfair to say that the Rest of the World XI players did not play well. For any team to perform in Australia they need to get acclimatised to the conditions there.

"Had the World XI played a few four-day matches before the one-dayers and the six-day Test, they would have done well," he argued. "It is wrong to expect a team to do well just because it has got some big names."

"Most touring teams have struggled to get acclimatised to Australian conditions," he added.

Lloyd also predicted that the forthcoming England-Pakistan series would prove a an excellent affair.

"It should be a good series. Both the teams will produce great cricket. England is riding high after their Ashes triumph. It will be interesting to see how they will perform in Pakistan."

He also hailed the ICC for trying out new innovations even though he felt umpiring should not lose its human element. "The International Cricket Council deserves a lot of credit for trying out various experiments in order to improve the game. It is good to provide technological assistance to umpires."

"It is up to them to use it, but I believe we need to leave some margin for human error," he said.

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