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Pak hockey star Rehan Butt wishes to meet Tendulkar

delhi Updated: Feb 25, 2010 16:17 IST

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Pakistan's veteran striker Rehan Butt has arrived here with two goals in mind -- to win the hockey World Cup and meet cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.

Proving that the cult of Tendulkar knows no boundary, the Pakistani veteran of 239 international matches said the Indian cricketer is a source of inspiration for sportspersons across the globe and he was desperate to meet him once.

"Players like Sachin come once in a century. There is no dearth of his fans in Pakistan as well. I did not get a chance to meet him till date. I hope that this time my dream comes true. We are here for World Cup and he is also in the country," Rehan told PTI.

"He is a source of inspiration not only for the cricketers but also for every sportsman. We get inspired by watching him playing like this and that too after having 20 years of international experience behind him," said the poster boy of Pakistan hockey.

Tendulkar's aura only increased as the batting great smashed the first ODI double century against South Africa in Gwalior on Wednesday.

Most of Pakistani hockey players watched the match on TV and marvelled at Tendulkar's longevity and greatness.

Rehan said apart from winning the tournament, Pakistani team would also spread the message of peace and brotherhood during the February 28-March 13 event.