The former Indian captain, Ravi Shastri, has said that he doesn’t think Sachin Tendulkar will announce his retirement in near future.

There have been speculations that the master blaster will retire from all forms of cricket after the upcoming test series between India and West Indies which has been arranged hurriedly by the BCCI.

According to the reports, the series against West Indies has been arranged only to give Tendulkar the opportunity to play his 200th test match at home and after getting to that land mark, the little master will hang his boots.

But, Shastri has denied those reports and has said that he expects Tendulkar to be a part of the Indian team which will visit England next year.

Talking to the reporters after taking part in an event in Mumbai, Shastri said, “I don’t think Sachin will leave the game in near future. I expect him to go on the tour of England in 2014.”

Shastri is someone who knows Tendulkar pretty well and if he has made this statement, there must be some truth in it.

When Shastri was asked about the reported dispute between the cricket boards of India and South Africa, he said, “I think there was communication problem between the two boards. But, one thing that I am sure about is that we will see some cricket being played between the two countries.”

India had to go to South Africa to play 3 test matches and 7 ODIs. That tour had to begin from November. But, all of a sudden, the board for control of cricket in India (BCCI) decided to invite the West Indies team for 2 tests and 3 ODIs. As a result of that, the tour of South Africa will have to be shortened now. However, it’s not clear yet how many matches will be cut down.

According to the reports, Cricket South Africa is not very happy with BCCI’s decision to shorten the tour.