Future on selectors’ table
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The national cricket selection committee are set to discuss the future of Sachin Tendulkar in the One-day International team and will also deliberate about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy when they meet on Sunday to pick the teams for the two Twenty20 Internationals and three ODIs against Pakistan. Virender Sehwag's ODI career could also be on the line as he has made just one half-century (96 versus Sri Lanka at Hambantota) in his previous nine innings.
The selection meeting will be the first since India lost 1-2 to England in the Test series, their first defeat at home in eight years. Though the teams being picked on Sunday are for the shorter formats of the game, the future of Tendulkar will be discussed, it is reliably learnt. Tendulkar hasn't played ODIs since the Asia Cup in March, a tournament in which he completed 100 centuries. Though, Tendulkar has restricted his ODI appearances since making the first double hundred in the 50-over format in February, 2010, this meeting will be the first time that the Mumbai batsman's place is under scrutiny.
At least two of the selectors are of the view that the 39-year-old no longer deserves a place in the side, keeping in mind his recent overall form. On the eve of the selection meeting Tendulkar has made himself available for selection by not opting out of the ODIs against Pakistan yet. Tendulkar had hurt his shoulder while fielding during the final day of the Nagpur Test and it is unclear whether the injury is serious enough for him to opt out of the ODIs.
"No disrespect to Tendulkar. But maybe it's time for him to move on with regard to the ODIs. Last year, the Australian selectors also dropped Ricky Ponting from the shorter format. But whatever be the decision, I think the chief selector will speak to Tendulkar first," a selection committee member told The Sunday Express.
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