Middlesex line up Gilchrist-Tendulkar partnership

Adam Gilchrist has signed up for a brief spell of Twenty20 cricket with Middlesex next year and could be opening the English county’s batting with Sachin Tendulkar.

The Indian star is considering an offer to link up with Australia’s Gilchrist at Middlesex.

“Adam has signed for the group matches of next season’s Twenty20 Cup but has other commitments and is unable to commit beyond that at this stage,” said Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington.

“We have been in discussions with Sachin and his agent for quite a while but he has been concentrating on the one-day series against Australia and the current Test match against Sri Lanka.

“He has been pretty tied up so we are awaiting to hear from him and hope for some news soon.”

Gilchrist, 38, retired from international cricket 18 months ago but has kept his hand in by captainiung Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League.

“One thing I have not done in my career is play in the county system,” Gilchrist said. “It was the one thing missing off the resume.

“When Middlesex came to me with the idea, it appealed to me.

“Obviously, when I retired from international cricket, I didn’t think this kind of opportunity would come along.

“To play for such a famous club and at such a famous ground [Lord’s] means I am thrilled to do it.”

Tendulkar, 36, does have experience of the English county scene having had a spell with Yorkshire as a teenager.—AFP

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