28 Feb 2009

Tendulkar and Karthik withdrawn from Masters match

7:03 am on 28 February 2009

The Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik were withdrawn from Friday afternoon's Masters Match between the New Zealand and Australian players' associations.

New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Players Association were told Indian team management had concerns about ICL player involvement in the curtain raiser to the night's Twenty20 match in Wellington.

But the association's chief executive Heath Mills says the only player who had been involved with the rebel Indian league, Hamish Marshall, no longer has an ICL contract.

Mills says it's a silly decision that will disappoint fans as well as Tendulkar and Karthik, who were looking forward to having a hit before the series decider.

Neither batsman is in India's Twenty20 squad. India has three separate teams for the three different forms of the game with Mahendra Singh Dhoni the captain of all three.