Tendulkar, Warne, Swann look ahead to All-Stars opener

With the first Cricket All-Stars game just days away, watch as team captains Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne - plus ex-England spinner Graeme Swann - look ahead to the competition.

Tendulkar and Warne were in New York to choose their sides for the three-match series that also visits Houston and Los Angeles.

Tendulkar retired from cricket in 2013 after a glittering career but the opportunity to help spread the game around the world has won him over.

"The reason for picking up a cricket bat again after retirement is to globalize sport, and that is something which both Shane and I have a dream, we have this vision," Tendulkar said.

"One day we would like an American team also to be participating in the World Cup. It would be a great moment.

"And something more than that which is really, really important which a lot of cricketers have been endorsing is cricket in the Olympics. So this is the beginning of that hopefully," he added.

Sachin Tendulkar in New York ahead of the Cricket All-Stars opener

Sachin Tendulkar in New York ahead of the Cricket All-Stars opener
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Warne also retired in 2013, but has remained active around the game as a commentator and coach while both he and Tendulkar captained sides in an MCC bicentenary match last year.

For him, the All-Stars in a fantastic opportunity to promote the game.

"We've got 30 superstars in this room here today that are here to promote the game of cricket," Warne said.

"We're all here because we love the game of cricket. We're all here because we're very very passionate about cricket.

"And just getting all of us together has been absolutely fantastic. We absolutely love being together.

"We're going to play some competitive games. So when you say gamble or taking a risk, we want to bring so much joy to the people who've never had the opportunity to see some of their heroes or their idols play live."

Although Swann never played against Warne in international cricket, his first Test against India in Mumbai 2008 saw Tendulkar marshal a record run chase.

The former Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire man is now part of Tendulkar's squad for the series and he hopes that the group of players can put on a good show for an American crowd.

"For me, if we sell out the stadiums, if we put on a good show, and I think the games will be good," he said.

"A lot of people seem to think it's just a jolly old boys network, but the competitiveness has come out already.

"The two teams are picked. I could feel myself eyeballing Matthew Hayden. I used to play against him, he was my captain for a while. And I'm eyeballing him saying, 'I'm going to get you out'.

"I think if the games are played competitively and showcase how good these players can be, I think that will rub off and the crowds will enjoy it."

He adds that the goal is to get fans enjoying what they see so they want to come back and watch again.

"And if they come back next year, they tell their friends to come back, that's what we want.

"We want more and more people to hear about the game, to love the game and eventually to play the game."

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