Tendulkar refuses captaincy

New Delhi, November 6:

Sachin Tendulkar has turned down the invitation to take over India’s Test captaincy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said today.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said Tendulkar, 34, had conveyed his decision to the BCCI president, Sharad Pawar.

Shah said Tendulkar was of the view that the Indian team was doing extremely well. “Looking at the future of the team, he feels the board must think of appointing a younger person as captain,” said Shah.

News of Tendulkar’s refusal to become India’s Test skipper comes two days before the national selectors are to pick the successor for Rahul Dravid, who last month sprung a surprise by quitting the Test and one-day captaincy.

India will play three Tests against Pakistan after the conclusion of the ongoing one-day series.