Mumbai Indians deny media reports; Sachin Tendulkar will play in IPL 2012

According to earlier media reports, Sachin Tendulkar has gone to London for consultation about his toe injury Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Mar 28, 2012

A new communique from Mumbai Indians has denied an agency report which quoted an unnamed Board of Control for Cricket in India source that Sachin Tendulkar will not be available to play the fifth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar will be joining the in-progress camp at Wankhede Stadium from March 31, 2012 and is fully available for the entire IPL season 5. Sachin, is in UK to consult his doctor and will be back in India to join the camp from March 31,” the Mumbai Indians spokesperson stated.

PTI adds: Earlier in the day, reports suggested that Tendulkar may miss the entire fifth edition of the IPL because of an old toe injury which may require surgery.

“Yes, Sachin Tendulkar has gone to London for consultation about his toe injury. He has been playing with this injury for long. It is not known when he will return as even a surgery may be needed to correct it,” a BCCI source had told PTI.

The Indian Premier League is all set to commence on April 4 in Chennai, where Tendulkar s Mumbai Indians, last year s runner-up, will take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Tendulkar, who notched up his 100th international ton in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, also did not attend the BCCI-organised felicitation function of Rahul Dravid last evening at a hotel near his residence here, as he had already left for England.

The toe injury is a decade old but it came back to haunt him and upset his plans to play the ODI series in England last September after a not-too-successful run in the four-Test series that preceded it.

He was withdrawn from the team sheet before the first ODI, which was washed out. And then the BCCI issued a statement, saying that Tendulkar had been ruled out of the series “due to a toe injury”.

Tendulkar had consulted a specialist in London after suffering the injury and was advised four weeks rest.

Tendulkar came back to play the Test rubber against the West Indies at home after missing the Champions League Twenty20, which was won by Mumbai Indians under stand-in-skipper Harbhajan Singh.

But after playing the Test series against the Windies, Tendulkar again opted to rest for the ODI series.

He went to Australia with senior players including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dravid and VVS Laxman to get acclimatised to the conditions Down Under when the limited over series against the West Indies was in progress.