Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar was reportedly approached by the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Thunder to feature in this year's edition of the Twenty20 tournament Down Under. A deal however could not be reached with the Master Blaster.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the now-retired legend was offered an 'attractive' package from the Thunder who are desperately seeking a turnaround in their fortunes - one win in their last 19 matches, stretching 25 months. Tendulkar could have added star-power to the team which is currently led by veteran Mike Hussey and also boasts the talents of Ashes-winning Australia skipper Michael Clarke. The Indian veteran who retired from all forms of cricket in November last year had a healthy strike-rate of 119 from 78 matches in his six-year Indian Premier League career and would have bolstered the Thunders' faltering batting line-up. (Also read: Sachin Tendulkar 'most admired' in the world)
Such was the desperation that Cricket New South Wales even requested the state government to use its contacts in India, to seal a deal with Tendulkar. The plans though were stalled when Harry Harinath resigned from his post as head of Cricket NSW.