I don't agree with neutral venues: Tendulkar

Updated: 09 January 2009 16:14 IST

India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said he was not in favour of playing matches at neutral venues since it takes away much of the charm.

I don't agree with neutral venues: Tendulkar

Mumbai:

India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said he was not in favour of playing matches at neutral venues since it takes away much of the charm.

"I don't agree with the neutral venue. Whenever a team plays it should play in front of the crowd which is against them or behind them ... even at the international level," Tendulkar said when asked about his feelings before playing the Ranji Trophy final against Uttar Pradesh in Hyderabad from Monday.

"We get very few matches to play at neutral venues such as World Cup or Champions Trophy, otherwise through most part of our careers we play in the opponent's country or at home," he said.

The 35-year-old Tendulkar, who was felicitated today by the Mumbai Cricket Association for being the first cricketer to cross the 12,000-run mark, said his visit to Australia last year was the most memorable in his career.

"Last year when I played in Australia, I got a standing ovation everywhere, which had never happened in my life. So that is the most memorable part of my career," he said.

Asked about his dreams, the Mumbai batsman said he had dream as anyone would have but what was important was he made efforts to chase them.

"It's extremely important to chase your dreams. It is said that you dream while you are asleep but you can realise only when you are awake so one must be awake and chase their dreams," he said.

Tendulkar said he was not worried about the future of Tests in the wake of ODIs and Twenty20 matches but rather about the dwindling attendance in matches.

"Test cricket has its own place. There is no threat to Test cricket by IPL Twenty20 or even 50-over cricket. But I feel insecure about the reducing attendance in Test cricket. "I've talked to the authorities to do something about it like throwing open some stands to students on the weekends. At least it could be done on an experimental basis, there is no harm in it," he said.



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