Harbhajan to replace Muralitharan

P. Subramanyam

LONDON: India's off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh has been called up to replace the injured Muttiah Muralitharan in the MCC team, to take part in the Tsunami fund-raising game at the cricket headquarters, Lord's, it was announced.

Sachin Tendulkar, missing through injury, will be at the game, it was added. And, during the interval between the innings, the highest bidder in an on-line auction, will receive 15 minutes of coaching from him before facing an over from Warne on the Lord's pitch.

Tendulkar was determined to make some form of contribution to the proceedings, and he said: "As I can't even shadow-bat, I won't actually be illustrating any stroke. The batting tips are going to be verbal. I realise a role awaits for me at Lord's but I would have gone even if I had nothing to do. It's about supporting a cause."

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