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Sai Mohan, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 11, 2013
Javed Miandad had the worst possible send-off from international cricket. His team lost the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal to India. Miandad received no gifts. There was no lap of honour.

He was booed out of the arena by a hostile Bangalore crowd, and it was a tragic end to Pakistan’s greatest-ever batsman.

Pakistan media had been calling for Miandad’s head a few years before that World Cup. That’s why scribes didn’t churn out the tribute pieces you’d expect for such a legend.

Miandad feels Sachin Tendulkar has done something similar.

“Some people are not going to like me for saying this, but there is always the right time to leave."

“Just like how Pakistan didn’t miss me when I left, India won’t miss Sachin Tendulkar because there are plenty of good youngsters."

Overstaying

“I perhaps overstayed and that rubbed people the wrong way. Even in Sachin’s case, people have been calling for retirement for the last two years... and he’s finally going. Even if he leaves now, it won’t matter much,” Miandad told the Hindustan Times.

Miandad felt Tendulkar is lucky to have the support of his people, unlike him.

“When I left, nobody said anything nice. I scored over 8,000 Test runs. I was a batting legend. There is no doubt Sachin has done a lot for his country. His performance speaks for itself. But don’t forget that he has been looked after very well.

“He has had so much support, from the media, administrators and fans. That sort of encouragement matters. Sadly, we don’t honour our legends in Pakistan,” rued Miandad.