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Middlesex signs up Gilchrist, talking to Tendulkar for T20 campaign

MIDDLESEX has signed Australian Adam Gilchrist for next year's Twenty20 campaign and hopes to recruit Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar as well, the English county side said yesterday.

Gilchrist, a record-breaking wicketkeeper and high-scoring batsman, retired from international cricket in 2008 and captained the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers to the Indian Premier League title this year.

"Playing domestic cricket in England is the last important piece in my resume as a professional cricketer and I feel very fortunate that I can now realize this ambition at Lord's with Middlesex," he told the club Website

Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington confirmed that Tendulkar, the highest scoring batsman in test cricket, was also a target.

"Middlesex are able to confirm that we have also been in consultation with both Sachin Tendulkar and his agent about him joining Middlesex in 2010," he said.

"As a result of Sachin's busy schedule ... this is yet to be confirmed.

"He is due to be speaking to the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) about playing for us next season when the time is right ... Middlesex are however confident that our conversations with Sachin and his agent will be fruitful."

Tendulkar last appeared in English cricket as a 19-year-old for Yorkshire in 1992, when he was the county's first overseas player. The 36-year-old has since become the highest test scorer with 12,777 runs as well scoring the most test centuries (42).


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