Wasim Akram's wish: Sachin's final Test Vs Pakistan at Eden Gardens

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Akram's wish: Sachin's final Test Vs Pak

Karachi, Sep 12: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram wants to see Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test match to be against Pakistan and at Kolkata's iconic Eden Gardens.

Tendulkar, who is currently with 198 Test caps, is all set to play his historic 200th match against West Indies at home in November. The setting for the milestone could be his home ground - Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

There is speculation that Tendulkar could retire after the landmark Test. However, the Master Blaster himself has hinted that he wants to continue.

"I have created an ideal scenario for his farewell Test: India playing Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata with a passionate crowd and both nations at a standstill," Wasim told "AFP" news agency on Thursday.

"It could be the best farewell Tendulkar can have," the pace legend added.

After the series against West Indies at home, Team India is set to travel to South Africa. However, the tour is yet to be confirmed. There is also speculation that India might invite Pakistan for a Test series and scrap the tour to South Africa.

Akram said Tendulkar is a role model for many and he considered him to be the best sportsman of the century.

"He is a role model. He is one of the best without any doubt and if I had to vote for the best sportsman of the century I would not hesitate for a second to give it to Sachin.

"Having played with him for years and having been in touch even after my retirement I have found him a true role model," Akram said.

"I hope relations improve and my wish come true is that India and Pakistan play a Test sooner than later," he added.


Story first published:  Thursday, September 12, 2013, 18:15 [IST]
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