Tamil Nadu's S Badrinath has replaced Sachin Tendulkar in the Rest of India team for the Irani Cup tie against Ranji Trophy champions to be held at Vadodara later this month following the pull-out of the master batsman on medical grounds.
"Badrinath is to replace Tendulkar," said Cricket Board secretary Niranjan Shah when queried on the issue.
Earlier chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar told PTI that Tendulkar was still experiencing some slight stiffness in his injured elbow and has been advised by National Cricket Academy physio Paul Close to skip the match which is touted as selection trials for the upcoming series against Australia.
Vengsarkar said the choice of selectors was Badrinath who led India 'A' team in the two-match series of four-day ties against Australia A and the subsequent limited overs series against the same opponents.
Tendulkar suffered the elbow injury while fielding for India during the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August and has not played any competitive cricket since then.
He was selected to represent the Rest outfit, to be led by Anil Kumble, in the September 24-28 Irani tie which is to be played at the Reliance Stadium (formerly IPCL) on the outskirts of Vadodara.