Nobody qualified enough to advice Sachin: Richards

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Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 9:27 [IST]
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London, Dec 15: West Indies great Vivian Richards also felt master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the right person to take a call on his future and nobody is qualified enough to advice the batting maestro.

When questioned about Sachin Tendulkar's form and was it time for the legendary cricketer to retire, former West Indies cricketer talking to BBC Radio said, Sachin Tendulkar should take a call on his future and nobody can advice him.

Cannot advice Sachin to retire: Richards

"Nobody is qualified enough to tell him when they think he should go," Richards told BBC Radio Shropshire.

Tendulkar has been struggling to score runs in the last twelve months, despite scoring his 100th international ton against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup in March 2012.

He averages a mere 22 in Tests having played 9 matches so far. With scores of 13, 8,8, 76, 5, 2 in the ongoing Test series against England leading to speculations on his retirement.

According to Richards, "When you're retired, you're retired for a very, very long time. It's like being dead to some degree, so while you're alive and still up for it and still enjoying what you're doing, to me that's what it's all about," the West Indies great told BBC Radio.

Tendulkar also admitted that he was considering retirement in the month of October, before the Test series against England during his interview to an English news channel.

He had also said that he would decide his future on a 'series by series' basis.

Viv Richards, a veteran of 1221 Tests and 187 ODIs is the latest to join the list of former cricketers who have voiced their opinion on Sachin Tendulkar's retirement. With many former cricketers suggesting that the legendary cricketer would himself know when to retire and age catching up with the master, one can only hope if Tendulkar strikes form at Nagpur.


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