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Tendulkar will be missed, says Lara

The WI skipper has described Sachin's absence as a big loss for cricket lovers.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 19:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sachin Tendulkar's inability to make it to the West Indies for the Test series has disappointed skipper Brian Lara who described the Mumbai maestro's absence as a 'big loss' for cricket lovers.

"It's a big loss to the Caribbean people, big loss to the people around the world," Lara said.

"Any series India is playing, you want to see the best player. Sachin surely is going to be missed," he asserted.

Lara said he and his entire team had great respect for the little genius who said on Tuesday that his shoulder injury had not healed to the extent that he could take part in the series.

"We all have great respect for him. Everyone would like to see him on tour. At the end of the day we want to win but we want to win against the best," Lara said.

However, Lara hoped that he would get a chance to play against Tendulkar in matches over the next few months.

"We do have some matches to play against each other, hopefully in the ICC tournament, may be in United States. But it's (his missing) unfortunate. I wish him a speedy recovery," Lara said.

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said he had heard about Tendulkar's inability to play the Test series in the dressing room.

"We would have to do without him but hopefully it gives another player a chance to cement his place in the team," he said.

First Published: May 24, 2006 15:19 IST