Tendulkar to play with ICL player in exhibition matchFebruary 26th, 2009 - 7:39 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, Feb 26 (IANS) Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is surely going to raise a few eyebrows when he takes the field Friday for New Zealand Masters along with rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) player Hamish Marshall in a Twenty20 exhibition match against Australia Masters.
The exhibition match is a joint venture between New Zealand Cricket and New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association (NZCA) and will see a host of former cricket stars from both Australia and New Zealand.
The match will be a curtainraiser for the second Twenty20 international between India and New Zealand here at the Westpac Stadium. Dinesh Karthik will be playing for Australian Masters. While Tendulkar is not part of the Twenty20 squad, Karthik will not be in the eleven for Friday’s international.
Marshall, who played for ICL Royal Bengal Tigers, will play with Tendulkar in the New Zealand Masters team, said NZCA chief executive Heath Mills.
The Indian cricket board has always adopted a strict stance towards the ICL players and last year didn’t allow V.V.S. Laxman to play for Nottinghamshire because the county had an ICL player.
New Zealand have eight ICL players and at present four of them — Marshall, Shane Bond, Chris Harris and Daryl Tuffey — are playing in domestic cricket.