Dec 2, 2013
Despite a warning by the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban of not praising Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, National Stadium in Karachi wishes to display the batting legend’s photograph in their office gallery.
According to India Today, the media relations officer of the National Stadium, Shoeb Ahmed wanted to put up a photograph of the Indian cricketer as a mark of respect.
“I wanted to put up a photograph of Sachin Tendulkar as a mark of respect but couldn’t find a suitable image,” Ahmad said.
Ahmad, who has a photograph of him with Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, says that he will be happy to display a photo of Tendulkar’s debut at Karachi in 1989 in his office gallery.
A few days ago, PTI reported that the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has asked Pakistani media groups to refrain from praising Tendulkar.
“There is this Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar. It was unfortunate to see Pakistani media go to great extent to pay tribute to him,” Shahid said in the video message.
“On the other hand, it was sad to know same Pakistani media badly criticise captain Misbah-ul-Haq. No matter how good Tendulkar is, don’t praise him because he is Indian. No matter how bad Misbah-ul-Haq plays, he should be praised because he is a Pakistani,” the video shows Taliban spokesperson Shahid as saying.
Among many fans that Tendulkar has in Pakistan, is Kamran Mannan, a senior producer with Geo TV. He said, “Though I’m a fan of MS Dhoni, it’s Sachin Tendulkar who has given me a lot of headlines during my career as a sports journalist.”
Mannan remembers his last visit to India in 2007 and said, “How can one ignore Sachin? We did special shows on the day the master blaster retired from international cricket. Not only this, we had headlines for multiple stories on the day Tendulkar slammed his double-century in ODIs and also on his 100th ton in the sport.”
The head curator at the National Stadium, Ehsaan Arain (60), recalled his conversation with Tendulkar in 2006.
“The first thing Tendulkar said to me after looking at the pitch was, Achcha pitch banaya hai (it’s a good wicket). It’s different from the first time I played here in 1989.”
Arain added, “We used to prepare flat pitches during those days. Imran Khan used to insist on that as we had a good bowling attack.”
“People say that a visit to India is incomplete without seeing the Taj Mahal. But, if I ever go to India, I would rather meet Sachin Tendulkar than visit the historical monument,” Arain concluded.
Talking about the Taliban warning, sports reporter for Samma TV Shoaib Jatt said, “We here take it as a joke, the average Pakistani on the social media have reacted similarly.”
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