Tendulkar out of the tournament

AMSTELVEEN, AUG. 21. Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the Videocon ODI tri-series because of a `tennis elbow.'

Making an official announcement here on Saturday morning, Indian team manager Gautam Dasgupta said Tendulkar required intensive treatment from team physio Andrew Leipus.

Tendulkar, experiencing pain and inflammation in his left lateral elbow, aggravated the injury after his first training session in the Netherlands. He had initially felt some stiffness in his elbow during practice in India, but the injury, initially, was thought to be of a minor nature.

When the swelling did not subside in Holland, Leipus adviced Tendulkar to pull out of the tournament and provide his elbow more time to heal.

Mr. Dasgupta said the morale of the Indian team had not been affected by Tendulkar's withdrawal from the competition.

Ganguly, speaking to the media on Friday, had expressed hope that Tendulkar's elbow might improve before the first game, against Pakistan. Unfortunately for India, the opposite happened. The ace batsman will also be seeking independent medical opinion in Amsterdam to back his treatment under Leipuss.

Tendulkar will continue to stay with the team — the Indian squad is now 14 in number — and the team management has not asked for a replacement. — Our Special Correspondent