Sachin Tendulkar will take call on retirement himself: Kirti Azad

Updated: Sep 18, 2013, 10:33 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Former India cricketer Kirti Azad has said that it is for Sachin Tendulkar to decide when to call time on his career.

The cricketer turned politician further said that while the decision to retire should solely be Tendulkar’s own, it doesn’t mean that he cannot be dropped from the team.

“He (Sachin) will take a call on his retirement himself, if selectors feel his performance isn’t good enough he can be dropped,” Azad told a news agency on Wednesday.

Media reports have suggested that Tendulkar has been told by chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil that his performance will be taken into account for decision regarding his selection in the national team.

This has led to speculations that Tendulkar’s 200th Test against West Indies could be his final game for Team India.

Patil, on the other hand, has dismissed such reports saying he hasn’t met Tendulkar to discuss anything.