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Sachin invited to meet Don Bradman


Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar has been provided with the unique and rare honour of meeting Sir Don Bradman in Adelide later this month on the occasion of the legendary Australian batsman's 90th birthday celebrations on Aug 27.

Confirming news reports that he has been extended an invitation to attend the celebrations by the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), the Indian maestro said : "Yes. The invitation has gone to WorldTel. Sir Don Bradman is going to give me some of his time. It's a great honour."

Television company WorldTel, owned by Indian-born and US-based Mark Mascarenhas, handles the Indian star's buiseness interests.

Sir Don, who has gone on record to state that Tendulkar's style of batting reminded him most of his own, would not attend his birthday celebrations, including a grand dinner for 1300 guests, as the Australian sports icon wants to be with his family on the occasion, according to the reports.

The only hitch for Tendulkar, who returned home last night from the Arabian Gulf after playing a series of matches for Azharuddin XI against Rashid Latif XI, is the fact that the date clashes with the Aug 21 - Sept 4 training camp at Chennai.

"WorldTel are going to ask for permission from the Indian Board", Tendulkar said when queried whether he has sought the green signal from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to go to Adelide midway through the camp.