No hurry to pick World Cup team, says Sachin

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who is training at the MRF Pace Foundation here before undergoing a medical fitness test, has said that India could have a pool of players to select the team for the 2007 World Cup.

Sachin, who was answering an array of questions last night after signing up as an ambassador for Reynold pens, said it was too early to think about the team for the coming world cup in the Caribbeans.

''The world cup is ten months away. But our planning can begin now. We can go in for a pool of 17 to 18 players from whom we can pick the final team,'' he observed.

But it was a bit early to think about the final team, he said, answering a question whether the current form of players in the ODIs meant that the World Cup team was ready.

However, the composition of the team should be at the back of our minds, Sachin, who is hoping to get back into the Test squad for the four match Test series in West Indies, said.

Asked about the ICC's concession to the players on close umpiring decisions saying that a player can ask for a controversial decision by the on field umpire to be referred to the third umpire, Sachin said ''we have to wait and see. It is an experiment. We have tried so many things in the past,'' he said.

Sachin added in jest, ''I have not tried it as yet. So, I have to wait for the opportunity.'' Meanwhile, on his second day at the MRF Pace Foundation today, Sachin was joined by physio Andrew Leipus to assist him in fitness training along with Ramji, the physio at the Foundation. Leipus will be assessing Sachin's progress.

Sachin is also scheduled to have batting practise on the different types of pitches at the Foundation.

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