Sachin returns to action, play for Lashings club

Published: Sunday, June 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Making a comeback from his shoulder surgery, Sachin Tendulkar will be playing five matches for Lashing club XI and the first is scheduled against the Cambridge University Cricket Club at Cambridge on Wednesday.

The Lashings World XI today announced that Tendulkar will be joining the side for five ''very special guest appearances'' over the next couple of weeks.

At Lashings, Tendulkar will have team mates in former West Indies captains Richie Richardson and Courtney Walsh, ex-Sri Lanka skipper Aravinda de Silva, retired Kiwi Chris Cairns, former Zimbabwean captain Tatenda Taibu and England's Ashes winning women team captain Clare Connor.

''This is a great opportunity for me to get back into cricket, to get some batting practice, and to play matches for Lashings World XI that will help to raise money for charity.

''I get the chance to play alongside internationals players, but not in games where every run counts. The no pressure, relaxed environment of Lashings World XI will be a great way to work on my game and get back to match fitness,'' Tendulkar said of his Lashings appearances.

Lashings World XI Chairman David Folb said, ''It is very kind of Sachin to lend us his services, whilst he is making his comeback from injury. With India being such a cricketing powerhouse, it is very exciting for us to have one of their biggest stars playing for us, attracting a whole new audience to Lashings games.

''Sachin Tendulkars appearance for us, will allow people to come and see one of the worlds best ever players in action here in the UK,'' he added.

Tendulkar will make his first appearance against Cambridge University Cricket Club on Wednesday at Cambridge, followed by matches against Reigate Priory Cricket Club, Surrey (June 25), Middleton Cricket Club, West Sussex (July 2).

Lashings World XI plays in a six-a-side tournament to raise funds for the charity Sparks at the Bank of England Ground on July 5 and Tendulkar's last match will be against Sutton Valence School, Kent on July 6.

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