Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is reportedly looking to play a new innings. This time off the cricket field - reports say he plans to build cricket simulator theme parks in major cities of India.
London daily, the Daily Mail, has reported that the project will give cricket fans the virtual reality opportunity to bowl at Indian legends like Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. It is being assembled using Hawk-Eye ball-tracking technology in an industrial unit near Winchester, the report said.
Tendulkar recently softened his stance on the use of Hawk-Eye technology to judge LBW decisions in Tests.
Hawk-Eye inventor Paul Hawkins, who had met Tendulkar before the Lord's Test, was quoted as saying that he had ended Tendulkar's doubts about the system after explaining how it was operated automatically rather than manually.
"Once we had set the record straight he left saying he would tell the BCCI and recommend Hawk-Eye was used. I don't think it will take long for the BCCI to act on advice from Tendulkar," Hawkins was quoted as saying.
There were also media reports suggesting that the batting maestro would attempt to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to incorporate the use of the Hawk-Eye technology in the Decision Review System (DRS).
The BCCI had refused the use of Hawk-Eye in the DRS during the England series.
"I would love the Indians to embrace the technology but I don't think the two things are inter-related," Hawk-Eye managing director Steve Carter said when asked if Tendulkar's association would influence the Indian Board's stance on the technology.