10 Jan 2009

Tendulkar urges free attendance for youngsters to test cricket

8:30 am on 10 January 2009

The Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has urged cricket officials to allow young fans free entry for test matches to halt dwindling interest in the five-day game.

Tendulkar suggests a couple of stands in the stadium should be thrown open, absolutely free, to the school and college students on Saturday and Sunday.

He says its important for them to get a feel of test cricket as officialdom has to focus on the next generation that has been exposed to one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been concerned over dwindling crowds for test matches, particularly after poor turnouts during Australia's series in India last year.