Calcutta: "Players know when their time's up... They don't need others to tell them..."
In Intikhab Alam's opinion, Sachin Tendulkar should be left alone. That he be given the space to decide when he wants to leave cricket altogether.
Speaking to The Telegraph late on Wednesday, after checking-in at Taj Bengal, Intikhab said: "It's not right for people to constantly ask questions of Sachin... It's for him alone to decide... Enjoyment is the key."
Widely seen as the Pakistan Cricket Board's man for all seasons, Intikhab is currently director-international and game development.
In the past, Intikhab (now 71) has held just about every position. From captain to coach/cricket manager when Imran Khan's men won the 1992 World Cup.
Intikhab is, of course, delighted with Pakistan's show on the latest Revival Tour.
"This tour is the best thing to have happened to our cricket... I hope India reciprocates... That the T20 and the ODI teams have done well makes it all the more pleasing," he pointed out.
Intikhab, however, declined to comment on Bangladesh deciding not to tour Pakistan. "The chairman (Zaka Ashraf) alone can say something... It's not for us to speak out of turn."
Ashraf is expected here on Thursday morning, in time for the second ODI, at the Eden.
Another former captain, Imtiaz Ahmed, came with Intikhab. Mushtaq Mohammed, who captained after Imtiaz and Intikhab, is in the city too.
All are here as goodwill ambassadors of their Board.