February 15, 2012

Adelaide, Feb 14: Confused over the rotation policy, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram said that the Indian team management should not have rested veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar and feels that the rotation policy does not work in the sub-continent.

“Don’t experiment with a Sachin Tendulkar,” warned Akram.

“Rotation policy does not work in our part of the world. A player like Tendulkar cannot be rested. I mean, India did win without Tendulkar in Adelaide, but his presence always plays on the mind of the rival team. That’s why he is a Tendulkar. His stature is just too big to ignore,” he added.

The former pacer thought about fitness issues but feels that Tendulkar must play all games.

“When you have doubts about Tendulkar’s ability and preparedness, then there is something wrong with the team management.”

“If you have a Tendulkar in the squad, you cannot afford to have him on the bench. He must play all games,” Akram told a sports website.

Tendulkar might have been rested to be weel prepared to score his 100th international century but Akram felt he needs to play every game to reach the milestone.

“If that’s the objective then let Tendulkar achieve the milestone…If he gets a century, the whole team profits. And in any case, the rotation policy should be applicable for all 11 positions,” he insisted.

Speaking about Tendulkar’s future, Akram felt his future is left to him and the selectors.

“Tendulkar is the greatest Indian player. When and how he wants to leave should be left to him. The BCCI and the selectors should have a chat with him. If he wants to play the 2015 World Cup, then fair enough. But if I was Tendulkar, I would opt out of ODIs and extend my Test career.”


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