Advising the media to stop harping constantly on the retirement plans of Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket Board’s senior official Prof. Ratnakar Shetty on Monday said here that the senior Indian cricketer is the best person to decide on the matter.
“There have been so many debates on this. I have always said that no one else is better than himself to talk about his retirement. So please stop worrying about that. He has been playing international cricket for the last 20-21 years,” Mr. Shetty said on the sidelines of the event to announce the new season of Coca-Cola Cricket Cup Under-16.
“This debate has been going on since 2007....When will he retire, Sachin will retire or not... We don’t have to discuss on this. We should respect the decision of such a great player. I think till the time he can play cricket and give his service to India, let us all enjoy that and let us not discuss on when he retires,” said the BCCI general manager for game development.
Mr. Shetty said there was no truth in reports that chief selector Sandeep Patil had met Tendulkar and asked for his future plans after the BCCI pencilled in an unscheduled tour against the West Indies at home in November, comprising a two-Test series and a three-game ODI rubber.
“The chairman has disclosed that he hasn’t spoken to Sachin in 10 months. If the media wants to speculate, then it is not important for the selector to issue any clarification. You (media) are doing your work and we do ours. Every time, we cannot satisfy you. We cannot take your stories forward. This is how it will keep going on,” he said.
Mr. Patil had denied speaking to Tendulkar and said, “It’s always a pleasure to meet Sachin, but I have not met him for the last 10 months. I have not called him, neither has he called me. We have not discussed anything, it’s all non-sense.”