Boycott invites Sachin

Calcutta: Sachin Tendulkar, the first player from overseas to turn out for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, is set to feature in its sesquicentennial (150th year) celebrations next year.

According to Geoffrey Boycott, now in the first of his two years as the Yorkshire president, the highest run-getter and century-maker in both Tests and ODIs has been "invited" by him personally to grace the celebrations.

Sachin, who wore the Yorkshire cap in 1992, is likely to play for the County against the Marylebone Cricket Club XI, most probably in June.

If the match indeed is held in June, then Sachin (a member of the Rajya Sabha) will be in his 41st year and there's every chance that he may quit international cricket by then.

Even if Sachin does retire, his appeal won't lessen though.

"We have to do the slotting in between the County fixtures and the date(s) hasn't been finalised. The celebrations, however, start on January 8," Boycott, who always put a heavy price on his wicket, told The Telegraph.

January 8 is when Yorkshire CCC was founded in 1863, at the Adelphi Hotel in Sheffield. The hotel has made way for the Crucible Theatre, which is where the celebrations will begin.

Incidentally, Yorkshire CCC moved to Headingley, its present home, 28 years later ' in 1891.

While the celebrations get underway with a soiree, a sesquicentennial lunch and dinner are also planned, besides a thanksgiving service.

After Sachin, the likes of Richie Richardson, Inzamam-ul Haq and Stephen Fleming have turned out for Yorkshire CCC.

Yuvraj Singh is the only other Indian to have played for the County, 11 years after The Master.

Yorkshire are back in Division One of the County Championship, thanks to finishing second in Division Two last season.