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'Tendulkar can play till 2011 WC'

June 17, 2008

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga believes, if properly handled, Sachin Tendulkar can play for a few more years, including the 2011 World Cup.

"If I was the chairman of selectors I would handle Sachin in a very different way, like what we are doing with Murali. If properly looked after, I think, Sachin can play till the 2011 World Cup. You should not really strain him, especially in the one-day arena. His commitment is huge, and if properly protected I am sure he can go up to the next World Cup," Ranatunga, chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, said in Mumbai on Monday.

Ranatunga feels ace off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan can end up with more than 1,000 Test wickets if he plays for few more years.

"I hope that he can continue for at least another three-four years. He never talks about retirement; I mean, he is just unbelievable and hope he can get 1,000 wickets," the former Sri Lanka captain said.

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