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More optimistic about Sachin's return

The chief selector said Sachin's rehabilitation process is progressing at an encouraging pace and that he is likely to play in Tests against WI.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 21:09 IST

Chief selector Kiran More said Sachin Tendulkar's rehabilitation process since the shoulder surgery is progressing at an encouraging pace and the batting maestro is likely to join the team in West Indies for the Test series.

More felt Team India was missing Tendulkar's presence in the dressing room but with his recovery going as per schedule, the Little Champion would soon be back to where he belongs.

"He is such a big player and the team is missing him indeed. He has been our key player for 17 years. It's not just his batting. He's always there as a senior to help the youngsters."

"But he is doing well and hopefully he will be back very soon. I had a chat with him and he is following John Gloster's programme. Andrew Leipus is also there and Sachin himself too sounded positive," More said.

The former stumper also stressed the need for creating a pool of 20 players and continuing with them even after the World Cup.

"We are discussing on the right combination which is very important. If we have a pool of 20 players, we can rotate them and continue with them for another five-six months. We need good bench strength," he said.

"We want to have eight-nine pace bowlers at our disposal so that we can rotate them. A lot of matches are coming up and it's going to be a long season for the side," he added.

On India's tour of the West Indies, More said, "We've played good cricket in the recent past but winning abroad is important for us."