Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar will skip the upcoming series of limited-over matches in Sri Lanka, the national selectors announced on Wednesday. India will play five One Day Internationals (ODIs), starting in Hambantota on July 21, plus a one-off Twenty20 match on August 7.

The 39-year-old Tendulkar, who completed an unprecedented century of centuries during the Asia Cup in Dhaka in March, is the world’s leading run-getter in both Test (15,470) and one-day (18,426) cricket.

Tendulkar, who does not play in international Twenty20 games, has dismissed talk of retirement but has chosen to play in only some of India’s ODIs in recent years.

“Sachin is not available [for selection]. He must be aiming for the England and Australia series later this season,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said.

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