Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar will be available to play the entire duration of the upcoming Indian Premier League after returning from London where he has gone for a medical consultation for a toe injury, the Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise team spokesman said here.
“I can categorically say Sachin Tendulkar (captain of Mumbai Indians) is available for the entire duration of the IPL. He has gone to London just for consultation (about his toe injury) and is scheduled to be back on 31 March. There is no question of any surgery,” the spokesperson informed PTI.
“He will also be there for the opening ceremony (on 2 April) at Chennai and for the opening encounter (on 4 April against defending champions Chennai Super Kings),” the spokesman added.
The MI clarification came after PTI learnt from a source in the BCCI that the return of the champion batsman, after his consultation in London with a specialist, was uncertain as even a surgery might be needed which put a question mark on his participation for the entire duration of the Twenty20 League.
“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 sure when he will return as even a surgery may be needed to correct it,” the BCCI source said earlier.
The Indian Premier League is all set to commence on 4 April in Chennai, where Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians, last year’s runner-up, will take on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Tendulkar, who notched up his 100th international ton in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, did not attend the BCCI-organised felicitation function of recently-retired 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.