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Sachin leads race, sounded out for post

NEW DELHI, September 14: The big smiles were on for BCCI’s Indian Premier League (IPL) announcement. Sharad Pawar, Ray Mali and Creagh O’Connor posed for pictures with the cricket biggies – Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Stephen Fleming and Glenn McGrath. Soon everyone repaired to Maurya Sheraton’s Kamal Mahal for cocktails.

As the decibel level grew, Pawar withdrew from the party with Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin was taken into confidence. Dravid has resigned as captain, he was told. Sachin has always pitched in for Indian cricket; would he pitch in once more – this time as captain?

Sachin didn’t respond right away, but is learnt to have given his ‘in principle’ nod. He wanted some time to think it through, he said. Until then he wanted no announcement, no loose talk.

On Friday, Sachin cancelled an appointment in Kolkata for September 18 where he was to make an appearance for a biscuit company. That day India’s team for the ODI series against Australia is to be announced. The captain usually plays a key role in the team’s formation. Is this why Sachin cancelled his Kolkata appointment?

BCCI sources told TOI that Sachin was certainly the frontrunner. It was really up to him to decide. “If Sachin says ‘yes’, then the issue is settled. But if he says ‘no’, then we will have to look for someone,” said the source. And who would that be? Sourav Ganguly? The source said that was unlikely, “It will be probably Dhoni.”

Other BCCI sources said there was some talk of having two captains – one for Tests and another for ODIs. If this proposal goes through, Sachin would be made the captain for Tests, while Dhoni would get a leg up and become the ODI captain in addition to his Twenty20 captaincy.

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