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Tendulkar was top target of Sydney Thunder's signing list for 2013-14

Sydney, Jan 15 : Big Bash League side Sydney Thunder almost came close to sign master blaster Sachin Tendulkarto revive its falling fortunes.


Tendulkar considered an "attractive" package to play for Sydeny Thunder's for over four weeks this season by the former Cricket New South Wales (CNSW) administration.

The CNSW called upon the state government to use its connections in India to help lure the maestro to play in the Big Bash League.

Tendulkar showed initial interest in the offer, which got stalled and ultimately fell off after Dr. Harry Harinath resigned as head of CNSW early last year, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Tendulkar, the greatest run scorer in history, was at the top of a signing drawn up for 2013-14 by the state's old administration.

The franchise, which, despite improvements this summer, has not won a game since round two of the inaugural season, was described as a "basket case" in 2012 after it failed to win a game, failed to draw crowds, invested most of its salary cap in Chris Gayle and David Warner and did not connect with the region.

When the CNSW board, headed by Dr Harinath, met to address the problems, Tendulkar almost joined Michael Hussey and Brett Lee on the list after it was acknowledged they needed to attract superstars to engage the 90,000-strong population of people boasting Indian and subcontinent heritage in the area.

Dr Harinath, who stepped down from his posts as chairman of CNSW and as a board member of Cricket Australia after an overhaul in the organisation's administration structure last January, was understood to have travelled to India to meet with people described as being close to Tendulkar, the paper reports.

Thunder are planning to recruit local players Pat Cummins, Ben Rohrer and Doug Bollinger to galvanise their next summer's performance.

--ANI (Posted on 15-01-2014)

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