Tendulkar: 'Kids can save Test cricket'

Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:09 [IST]
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Tendulkar: 'Kids can save Test cricket'

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, statistically the greatest Test batsman of all time, comes up with a new idea to save cricket from the the impact of the game"s shortest versions.

The batting maestro opined that one stand at every venue during Test matches should be kept free for the weekends to bring school children into the ground.

“I started playing cricket when I was five-years-old. But the first time I watched a Test in a stadium was when I was 10. India was playing the West Indies. It is clearly ingrained in my memory and that is one experience no kid will forget. The more we invite kids to the game, the more the sport grows,"

Tendulkar was delivering a speech at the launch of Harsha Bhogle's latest book on cricket -Out of the Box-on Tuesday.

“We could have the topper, either in academics or in sport, from various schools coming in to witness Test cricket. That could also be a very big incentive for them. If it turns even 10 per cent of those kids into Test cricket fans, it"ll be great for the game." Said Tendulkar.

Sachin, who has written the introduction to Bhogle's book, was given the first copy at the launch.


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