Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will not be in Trinidad for the advertised opening of the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.
This according to a source close to the situation. Tendulkar was due to arrive for the opening of the Stadium on May 12 but it is understood that the master batsman is unable to make the trip to the venue where one of the stands will carry his name.
It is not clear as to why the man who has scored 100 international centuries is not coming but there are many factors that may have prompted his decision. Tendulkar is the mentor for the Mumbai Indians cricket team in the IPL and on the very day of the opening Mumbai is scheduled to play a very crucial match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
A letter was also written to him by former Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran highlighting what he perceived to he shortcomings with the controversial venue. Rambarran called on Tendulkar to :” Don’t let a billion dollars taint your billion dreams.”
Couple weeks ago Minister of Sport Darryl Smith announced at a post-cabinet press briefing that Tendulkar will be making the trip down for the opening of the much awaited stadium. This sparked tremendous interest among the fans in Trinidad and Tobago who have been searching since then to find out where they can get tickets for the 15,000 venue.
Rambarran advised Tendulkar: “ Sachin I implore you to not tarnish your good name and goodwill by allowing yourself to be used as a pawn.” A stand at the Brian Lara Stadium will be named in honour of Tendulkar and Rambarran even took a shot at that saying :”Negative public reaction is growing to the decision to name a stand at the stadium after you. Hardly anyone believes it’s a good idea, instead they see it as an insult to our long line of distinguished and deserving cricketers such as Sonny Ramadhin and Rangie Nanan.
“Your country, India, and home of the ancestors of nearly half the population of Trinidad and Tobago, has honored you with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, you are the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive this prestigious award. You are serving your country in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament of India, so you understand the mantra of good governance.”