London, July 21: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been left
shocked after it discovered that off-spinner Monty Panesar has been
helping Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to prepare for the Test
series, which begins today at Lord's.
Panesar had a long bowl to Tendulkar in the nets at Lord's last week.
The private session was not arranged by ECB or Panesar's county Sussex.
"If Monty did have a session in the nets with Sachin Tendulkar, it
wasn't arranged by us and we weren't aware of it. It must have been
something he arranged privately through his own contacts," the Sun
quoted an ECB spokesman, as saying.
Panesar reportedly drove from his home in Brighton to Lord's on July 10 to bowl at Tendulkar in the indoor nets.
Meanwhile, Sussex cricket director Mark Robinson said: "It was something
arranged between themselves. Monty told me about it the next day."
"It was good for Monty - you must learn a lot bowling to someone like
Tendulkar. It would have given him a boost. I don't think it is a
problem for England - after all, they don't have a left-arm spinner
likely to play in the series," he added. (ANI)
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