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Posted on Dec 24, 02:24PM | IBNS
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said Sunday that it was not surprised with Sachin Tendulkar's decision to retire from ODI cricket and continue playing Tests.
Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said that the board respects Tendulkar's decision.
"Tendulkar's decision is not a shocker for the BCCI. He was waiting for the right time and today he took the decision. The BCCI respects his decision," Shetty told reporters at the Cricket Centre here.
Tendulkar's announcement came minutes before the selectors declared the team for the limited overs series against Pakistan starting Dec 25.
Tendulkar spoke to Board president N.Srinivasan and and conveyed his decision to retire from the ODI games.
"I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team," said Tendulkar in a statement.
Tendulkar said it was time for the team to prepare for the 2015 World Cup.
"The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years," he said.