Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has confirmed that he has ended the association with Indian Super League (ISL) club Kerala Blasters.
The Master Blaster has been associated with the Kochi-based side ever since its inception in 2014 when the ISL kicked off.
However, the Blasters have seen new owners come in, as revealed by Goal , and they have bought out shares from all stakeholders including Sachin who held 20 per cent.
The star batsman gave a statement regarding the same and claimed that he would continue to support the Men in Yellow in the ISL.
"Over the last four years, Kerala Blasters Football Club has been an integral part of my life. I have undergone all the emotions that millions of Kerala Blasters fans have undergone during this period.
"My association with Kerala Blasters was driven with the intent to reignite the passion for the game and give the many fans and the abundant talent in Kerala, a national platform to express themselves. It has been a thrilling experience to chase this pursuit and something which I will always cherish," he said.
"In its fifth year, it is important that the club puts the building blocks for the next five years and beyond. It is also a time for me to reflect on the role that I should play. After reflecting and much discussion with my team, I have decided to exit my association with Kerala Blasters as a co-promoter.
"I strongly believe that Kerala Blasters is in very good shape and on its path to attain many more successes with the backing of its fans offering unconditional support.
"I am very proud of Kerala Blasters and a piece of my heart will always beat for the club!”