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Tendulkar opts out of Windies ODI series

The ace Indian batsman, however, says he will decide on his availability for the Tests on May 10.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 11:22 IST

Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of the one-day series of the West Indies tour and his availability for the Test series would be known after a fitness test on May 10.

Tendulkar has informed BCCI that he was still recuperating from a shoulder operation that he underwent last month and would not be fit in time for the five-match series from May 18 to 28.

The Mumbai batsman, however, has left open his availability for the four Tests, a decision which he expects to make on May 10 when his fitness is to be assessed, according to Board sources.

The first Test begins on June 2 in Antigua.

The Indian team is scheduled to depart for the Caribbean on May 12 and the squad for the tour is to be picked in Mumbai on Thursday.

Tendulkar, who underwent a shoulder operation in London on March 27, was advised a 26-day rehabilitation programme.

The sources said the batsman was progressing steadily but would be part of the Test squad only if he recovered fully.

"Tendulkar's chances of making the Test team is dependent on his recovery and the final assessment of his progress to find his full range of his shoulder movement, graded increases of the strength and control of the shoulder and scapulae will be done by May 10," the sources said.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 16:17 IST