Prior Commitment Forces Sachin Tendulkar Out of PM's Tour to Australia

In what seems to be a smart cricket diplomacy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has roped in former captains Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar to be part of his official delegation to three Australian cities -- Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Updated: November 14, 2014 10:49 IST
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File photo: Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar (left) along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be part of the official delegation for the Australia tour in mid-November, but the cricket icon has expressed his inability to make the trip due to prior commitments.

According to sources, the Prime Minister's Office had reached out to Tendulkar, also a Rajya Sabha member, when he was in London for the launch of his autobiography 'Playing It My Way' but he had to decline the invitation as he would be in Andhra Pradesh at that time. (Multan Declaration Hurt Tendulkar)

"He (Tendulkar) had already committed to be in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh for adoption of Puttamraju Kandriga in Nernuru Panchayat in Gudur mandal for Adarsh Gram Yojana during the period apart from other commitments," a source said. (Felt Humiliated After Being Sacked as Captain: Tendulkar)

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