Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who will retire from Test cricket next month, is all set to play new innings in a role of administrator or consultant to contribute to the game of cricket.
Sharad Pawar, former chief of Mumbai, Indian and international cricket, told media on Saturday that Sachin has responded positively to his request for taking up new role after retirement.
“I spoke with Sachin yesterday (Friday) after he announced his retirement. I told him that he should join hands with cricket administrators to strengthen the Indian cricket further,” said Pawar. “Sachin was too happy to accept my request. He said he would be more than happy to serve the game even after his retirement.”
Pawar, who is contesting election for the post of president of Mumbai Cricket Association, said that Sachin was an asset to the global cricket. “He remained grounded while he achieved so much in the game… He is adored worldwide not only for his cricketing skills but also for his conduct as a person.”
The NCP boss and union agriculture minister said Sachin knew best when to retire. He drew a parallel between Sachin’s decision to call it quits and his own decision to not contest any further Lok Sabha elections. “People like us know where to draw a line.”
Sources close to Pawar said Sachin would be roped in to support Mumbai cricket. “Pawar will initiate the move of creating a role for Sachin. It’s a matter of few days. Sachin may then graduate to national and international level as MCA representative,” said a Pawar aide.