Popular Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram said yesterday he hoped Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar would play his last Test farewell against Pakistan in Kolkata. Sachin Tendulkar, 40, is set to achieve the special record of playing his 200th Test later this year against the West Indies, who’ve decided to tour India.
Rumors are rife that Tendulkar might retire from all cricket after that or sometime early next year. Sachin Tendulkar, regarded as among the best batsmen to play the game, has so far scored 15,837 runs with 51 centuries in 198 Tests and 18,426 in 463 ODIs with 49 hundreds — all world records. But Wasim Akram, who played in Tendulkar`s debut Test in Karachi in 1989, said Tendulkar`s farewell Test should be against Pakistan.
The Indian press has speculated that India may cancel their tour to South Africa later this year and invite Pakistan for a brief two-Test tour. The atomic rivals haven’t played a complete series since 2007, but there were suggestions that full ties may revive after India invited Pakistan for a brief limited over series last December.