Mumbai:Ending all speculations, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has ruled out the possibility to captain Team India in Tests.
The Bombay Bomber conveyed his decision to the selectors just two days before his appointment was to be formally announced.
The veteran batsman, who had initially agreed to take over the mantle after Rahul Dravid stepped down, has informed the Board President Sharad Pawar and national selectors about his decision.
Confirming the report, the board said that Sachin had told Pawar to look towards younger players.
Earlier, in a surprising move, Rahul Dravid stepped down from the helm of affairs, which stunned the cricket fraternity.
"I cannot say what prompted him to take such a decision but it is some personal reason. All I can say is that he does not want to be the Test captain at this stage," said a highly-placed BCCI source.
The selectors will meet in Chandigarh on Thursday to announce team for the remaining three one-dayers against Pakistan and also the new Test captain with Mahendra Singh Dhoni now emerging as the front-runner for the hot-seat.
India has been without a Test captain ever since Dravid abruptly quit the post after the team's successful tour of England.
With Tendulkar now out of the equation the 26-year-old Dhoni, who has been impressive in the Twenty20 and ODIs, appears to also take up the responsibilities in the longer of version of the game.
One of the selectors said on condition of anonymity that Dhoni now stood a good chance to be the Test captain. (With PTI Inputs)