New Delhi: Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar today ruled out playing in this year's Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies, saying he sticks to his stance of not playing Twenty20 Internationals anymore.
Speculations over the inclusion of Sachin Tendulkar into Twenty20 squad has come to an end when the Indian batting great ruled himself out from playing in the event to be held in West Indies from April 30 this year.
''I will not be playing the ICC world T20. I have not played T20 internationals from 2007 onwards and I do not think it should become an issue now,'' Tendulkar said
Tendulkar's current form in the shortest version of the game and injury to several key players, including India capatin Mahendra Singh Dhoni and opener Gautam Gambhir, has prompted former captain Sunil Gavaskar and other Indian greats including Navjot Singh Sidhu and Dillip Vengsarkar to ask the little batting genius to change his tance and play in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup.
An elbow injury forced Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni, out of the show for at least 10 days from IPL III while India opener and Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir, has been out of action following a hamstring injury.
Tendulkar, who recently scored the first ever double ton in ODIs, has retired from Twenty20 international just before the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Tendulkar, along with senior players Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, had opted out of the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, which Indian won under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy.
The Indian team for T20 world cup will be selected on March 26.