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'Have not discussed Sachin's future, met him in 10 months'
PTI
Mumbai, September 18, 2013
First Published: 10:40 IST(18/9/2013)
Last Updated: 18:21 IST(18/9/2013)

Speculations were rife that the two-Test series against the West Indies could be the swan song for Sachin Tendulkar, but chief selector Sandeep Patil on Wednesday said he has not discussed with the senior cricketer about his future plans for close to a year.

"It's always a pleasure to meet Sachin, but I have not met him for the last 10 months. I have not called him, neither has he called me. We have not discussed anything, It's all non-sense," Patil told PTI when queried about a media report quoting an unnamed selector that he (Patil) had recently met and discussed about Tendulkar's future.

The report have said that Patil met Tendulkar after the Cricket Board (BCCI) penciled in an unscheduled tour against the West Indies at home in November comprising a two-Test series and a three-game ODI rubber.

The report also hinted that Patil had told Tendulkar that the selectors will decide the batsman's future after his much-awaited 200th Test appearance, which is expected to happen in the two-match home series against the West Indies.

"Patil spoke to Sachin Tendulkar and made him understand the entire scenario. He even told him about the selectors' plan for the next one year and how they were looking to blood more youngsters," the unnamed selector has been quoted as saying in the report.


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