Tendulkar, Karthik withdrawn from Twenty20 show game

February 27th, 2009 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Feb 27 (IANS) Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik have been withdrawn from an exhibition Twenty20 match by the Indian team management as New Zealander Hamish Marshall, who plays in the rebel Indian Cricket League, is part of the show.
Both Tendulkar and Karthik were to play in the Masters game between former Australian and New Zealand internationals before the second Twenty20 match against New Zealand here Friday night.

Tendulkar was to play for New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association team and Karthik for the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

The Indian officials here had permitted Tendulkar and Karthik to play in the show match, but the Indian board told them to withdraw because of Marshall’s ICL links.

Marshall played for the Royal Bengal Tigers in the ICL last year but has since quit the rebel league. The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India banned all those playing in the ICL from playing any official form of cricket and all other boards have followed suit. Some boards, however, allowed the ICL players to play domestic cricket.

The Indian board last year had asked Test star V.V.S. Laxman not to play for Nottinghamshire in the English County Championship as the team had ICL players in their ranks.

New Zealand Players Association chief executive Heath Mills said the Indian board’s decision was regrettable and saw the issue as a bit silly.

“Hamish is no longer a contracted ICL player and the alternative of barring him from the game was not seriously considered,” Mills said,

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