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Arjuna all praise for Tendulkar

Bangalore: Arjuna Ranatunga feels Test cricket would “die” if players like Sachin Tendulkar retires.

“If players like him (Sachin) don’t play the longer version of the game, Test cricket will die. I hope he continues to play Tests.

I was very happy to know he has retried from ODIs. For me Test is education and the shorter versions are entertainment,” Ranatunga said.

Ranatunga said Sachin still has a lot of cricket left in him.

Ranatunga said Sachin, despite being a month away for turning 40, is a much better player than some of the younger Indian players.

“If he plays one good knock, I am sure he will play two-three years more without a problem,” he said.

Ranatunga came down heavily on the ICC, calling the sport’s world governing body “toothless”.

Instead of blaming the BCCI for the non-implementation of the controversial Decision Review System to avoid umpiring mistakes, Ranatunga turned his ire on the ICC.

“I am not blaming the BCCI, but blaming ICC for not making DRS compulsory. They should not allow home countries to take decisions on the matter,” he said on the sidelines of a promotional here.

“They (the ICC) shout, but hardly bite. I have always said that they haven’t changed. ICC should protect the game not individual countries on the DRS issue,” he suggested.

Ranatunga said even if the BCCI pushes the ICC into a corner, it should have the spine to take bold decisions and make it mandatory for all nations to use DRS.

Meanwile, Sanath Jayasuriya feels that it will be better if junior Sri Lankan players are kept away from IPL although it remains an “individual decision”.