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Sachin ducks comments on captaincy

"The team is doing well though the last result we did not like. I am confident the team will do well...," he said.

cricket Updated: Sep 18, 2007 16:23 IST

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday skirted the issue of captaincy of the Indian cricket team saying he did not have much to say on it.

"I don't have much to say about the issue of captaincy. I am not allowed to do so," Tendulkar, one of the strong contenders for the job, told reporters on the sidelines of the WTA Sunfeast Open here.

Asked how Mahendra Singh Dhoni had been doing as the Indian skipper in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup underway in South Africa, Tendulkar said, "It is upto the selectors to decide issues like captaincy."

Sachin, who came here as a brand ambassador of Sunfeast, the confectionary brand of ITC Foods and main sponsor of the WTA event, said he had been watching the team's performance in the Twenty20 games and felt it had been fantastic.

"The team is doing well though the last result we did not like. I am confident the team will do well. Everybody is wishing the team well," Tendulkar said.

The cricket icon is scheduled to play a promotional mixed doubles match alongside some tennis celebrities including Mahesh Bhupathi in the afternoon.

To a question whether the team had any difficulty in playing without a coach during the recent England tour, the batting maestro said it did not matter to him.

"I am talking from my side. I always help out junior players and don't wait for the juniors to come to me. If I feel I should go to them, I do it. If I feel something is missing, I tell them," he said.

"I told the youngest member of the team recently that if he feels that something is missing, he is welcome to ask me. That'll make things better."

First Published: Sep 18, 2007 15:33 IST