NEW YORK, Nov 6: Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar hopes to see cricket become a global sport by making an impact on the youngsters and women in America through the inaugural three-match All Stars series starting here tomorrow.
�The idea is to globalise cricket... We are here to encourage youngsters as well as women cricketers who will be joining us in our practise sessions,� Tendulkar told reporters here yesterday ahead of the first match in the �Cricket All Stars� series to be played tomorrow in the famed Citi Field.
Tendulkar, joined by Australian spin legend Shane Warne and 28 other players, said about 1000 young aspiring cricketers would be in the stands to watch the game and get a chance to witness and learn from their idols.
He said the cricketers participating in the series will be interacting with youngsters and other players to make them understand the intricacies of the game.
�We are here to guide you and encourage you. You need two hands to clap. Our hand is up and all the players are standing with us. It is for you all to step forward and make it happen,� he said.
Tendulkar�s team includes � Virendar Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Brian Lara, Shoaib Akhtar, Moin Khan, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan and Glenn McGrath.
Warne�s team includes � Ajit Agarkar, Wasim Akram, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Jonty Rhodes, Kumar Sangakkara, Saqlain Mushtaq and Andrew Symonds. � PTI