Sachin Tendulkar may have revealed he has played his final game in the Indian Premier League, but the legendary batsman appears set to represent Mumbai Indians in the Champions League T20 later this year.
The 40-year-old announced his IPL retirement following Mumbai's victorious campaign but looks likely to represent the champions on one final jaunt as they compete against the rest of the world's T20 winners.
Tendulkar, it is claimed, has been requested by his management company to take part in the CLT20, with the tournament taking place in India in September and October of this year and, thus, a more attractive prospect to the veteran.
"The prospects of Sachin playing for IPL champions Mumbai Indians in the Champions League T20 is bright," a senior IPL official told ZeeNews.
"Since the tournament will be held in India this time, the MI management has requested Tendulkar to at least consider playing this tournament. MI has a huge fan base all over India and Tendulkar`s presence definitely becomes a big factor."
Tendulkar is also reported to be considering playing in the CLT20 given the timing of the tournament, as he will have little valuable time in the middle between now and India's tour of South African in the winter.
Although Tendulkar has been requested to represent Mumbai Indians in the Champions League, it is unclear if captain Ricky Ponting will return after failing to leave up to expectation with the bat during his time in the IPL.