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Sachin Tendulkar to wear the mentor's hat

Last updated on: January 20, 2014 13:30 IST

Sachin Tendulkar to wear the mentor's hat

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar will mentor 11 emerging players, including Parveez Rasool and Unmukt Chand, as part of an initiative by sports apparel company adidas.

Adidas, which has already signed up Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina, added more names to its roster.

Tendulkar welcomed the newest members of team adidas -- Unmukt Chand, Parveez Rasool, Vijay Zol, Manan Vohra, Manpreet Juneja, Rush Kalaria, Chirag Khurana, Akshdeep Nath, Vikas Mishra, Sarfaraz Khan and Aparajith Baba.

"This is a great initiative from adidas to support the future of this sport, which encourages aspiring athletes to follow their passion and be part of an extraordinary league. Mentoring these talented young cricketers will let me be close to what I love and give back to the sport," Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket last year, said.

The 21-year-old Unmukt, is former captain of India's 2012 Under-19 World Cup champion team and played for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League this year.

Rasool, 25, is the first Jammu and Kashmir cricketer to represent India's senior team. He captained his state team to the Ranji trophy knock-out phase this year.

Image: Sachin Tendulkar

Photograph: BCCI