<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Difficult to ask Sachin Tendulkar to retire, says Wasim Akram" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121212141759.jpg" title="Difficult to ask Sachin Tendulkar to retire, says Wasim Akram" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Wasim Akram feels a definite answer on Sachin Tendulkar's future plans would give the national selectors a chance to find a suitable replacement Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Dec 12, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> Former <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan </a>captain <a href="/tags/Wasim-Akram/post" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a> feels since it might be difficult for the selectors to ask a player of <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a>'s stature to retire the senior batsman should himself take a call on his international career.<br /> <br /> Stating that the pressure on Tendulkar has increased after India's two back-to-back defeats in four-Test series against <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a>, Akram said, "When your most experienced batsman hasn't scored a Test century in almost two years, questions are bound to rise.<br /> <br /> "It finally boils down to your own assessment as (Australia's <a href="/tags/Ricky)-Ponting/post" target="_blank">Ricky) Ponting</a> did.<br /> <br /> "The question is who will bell the cat? Who will pop the question? Today, former cricketers are openly asking for Dhoni's head. Can you do the same with a Tendulkar? A lot of people, like <a href="/tags/Sourav-Ganguly/post" target="_blank">Sourav Ganguly</a>, feel he should retire, but Sachin himself might still want to continue for another six months or so. It's difficult to give any advice to a legend like Sachin," Akram told espnstar.com.<br /> <br /> The former pacer also said that a definite answer on Tendulkar's future plans would give the national selectors a chance to find a suitable replacement.<br /> <br /> "The changes have to be made carefully. One shouldn't tamper too much with the team line-up. But the middle order needs a few new faces. And somebody needs to ask Sachin on what is his future plan and for how long does he want to continue.<br /> <br /> "A definite answer will only enable Indian selectors find a replacement, insisted Akram.<br /> <br /> Akram said had he been in Tendulkar's place, he would have stepped down by now as there was hardly anything more left to achieve.<br /> <br /> "When Sachin first stepped into international cricket, nobody would have thought that this lad would go on to score 100 tons and smash all batting records. If I was in his shoes I would have stepped down by now because there is nothing else left to achieve."