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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, March 25, 2013
BCCI president N Srinivasan on Monday refused to be drawn into a debate on whether it was time for Sachin Tendulkar to call it quits from Test cricket, saying he is the "greatest batsman India has produced" and it won't be fair to the batsman to discuss about his retirement.

Asked whether the BCCI was giving special treatment to Tendulkar when compared to the likes of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, Srinivasan said, "I don't think any one us can talk about Sachin... (he) is probably the greatest cricketer India has ever produced," Srinivasan told NDTV. "Sachin is different from others. This is my personal view and I distinguish between selection matters and personal view."

Srinivasan also refused to react to a column by renowned historian and cricket writer, Ramachandra Guha where he said that Tendulkar should have retired on a high, like Vijay Merchant, who quit international cricket after scoring a flawless century against England in 1951.

"It's not fair to be quizzed about Sachin because I am not a selector. I don't think we should be discussing this. It's not fair on Sachin to be discussed at all."