BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has clarified that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not asked Sachin Tendulkar to retire amid speculation suggesting that they want the maestro to hang up his boots following his 200th Test.

"That is is absolutely absurd and rubbish. Let me tell you, it will be the prerogative of Mr Sachin Tendulkar. Board has not talked or asked him to resign (retire) and the Board is never going to do it because he is such a great player," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told reporters in Mumbai on Thursday.

Patel was reacting to media reports that quite a few Board members were of the opinion that the record-setting batsman was past his prime and chould be told to call it a day after he completes his landmark 200th Test appearance, against the visiting West Indies next month.

The West Indies are to play two Tests and three ODIs during their visit and the 40-year-old Tendulkar has played 198 Tests.

(With inputs from PTI)