Mumbai, Jul 4: After announcing the team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, India's Chief selector, Krishnamachari Srikkanth said master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of the series and would be back for the home series against New Zealand.
When quizzed about Sachin Tendulkar not being a part of the Sri Lankan tour, Srikkanth said he will be starting off from the New Zealand series and there was no specific reason for Sachin's decision to opt out of the series.
"Of course, Sachin Tendulkar is not available and he will be starting off from the New Zealand series...There's no particular reason [for Tendulkar not playing]."
"He would obviously like to extend his career and obviously is looking at Test cricket in a big way, and I am sure he must be aiming at the England and Australia who, I believe, will also come for a Test series," Srikkanth told reporters after the selection committee meeting on Wednesday.
Having dropped Ravindra Jadeja and ignored the Pathan brothers, BCCI has picked a team which doesn't have any all-rounders. When asked the reason behind such a decision, Srikkanth defended the selection committee's decision.
"We should look at what has been selected, what is available," said Srikkanth
Further, when reporters asked Srikkanth about Virat Kohli, the chief selector responded saying the 23 year old has been given opportunities as the board is looking at him as the future skipper of Team India.
"Virat Kohli has been appointed the vice captain. The idea is to have some continuity and also grooming [him] from a futuristic point of view."
BCCI announced a 15 member team on Wednesday for India's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka as they are scheduled to play a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 against The Islanders starting from July 21.