Selectors fear telling Sachin to retire: Jones

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Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:47 [IST]
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Sachin looks tired of ODIs, feels Jones

Melbourne, Feb 25: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones feels, no Indian selector has the courage to tell Sachin Tendulkar to retire from One Day International cricket.

Tendulkar's poor form in the ongoing tri-series in Australia has resulted in former cricketers asking the Mumbai batsman to call it a day from 50-over format. However, Tendulkar has maintained silence over his future in the aftermath of all the talk surrounding his ODI future.

Tendulkar, who is chasing his 100th international century, has so far scored 90 runs in five tri-series games.

Jone felt that Australia's former captain Ricky Ponting and Tendular are looking tired of the 50-over game. "Father time waits for no one, including cricketing greats Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. Both players are looking tired of the 50-over format of the game and this week enough was enough for the Australian selectors, who dropped Ponting from the one-day squad," Jones said.

Recently, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar felt that the chairman of selection committee, Kris Srikkanth should talk to Tendulkar about his ODI career.

“If there is anyone who can talk to Sachin at this point, it can only be Srikkanth. He was his first captain and now he is heading the committee," legend Sunil Gavaskar had said.

"India, on other hand, has no selector with the courage to tell Tendulkar his one-day career is over, no matter how badly he might be playing. People are worried their homes could be damaged if they are seen to have removed Tendulkar against his will. He will keep playing for as long as he likes and thus lies the problem for India," Jones wrote in his column for "Sydney Morning Herald."

Jones opined that ending Tendulkar's career might be linked with sponsors pulling out of the game.

"Ponting and Tendulkar are massive 'brands' in their own right. If you kill off their careers too early, potential sponsors will pull out of cricket on a national basis, particularly in India. Tendulkar has also been great in ODI cricket - in fact he may be the greatest one-day batsman of all time. He has averaged winning one man-of-the-match award in every seven ODIs, proving his dominance over a 458-game ODI career," he said.

"Indian vultures are starting to appear above Tendulkar's head, but who will have the courage to end his career? He is looking in average form and is consistently putting his team under the pump with some poor dismissals of late at the top of the order.

"Mind you, it was only a year ago that he made an unbeaten 200 in ODI cricket. How time flies, with the great man looking vulnerable facing the two new white balls on bouncing Australian pitches," Jones wrote.


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