Miandad's advice to Sachin: Leave when on top

Colombo, Sept 16 (ANI): Legendary Pakistani batsman Javed Minadad on Sunday said that top players, like Sachin Tendulkar, must retire when they are on top of their game.

Talking exclusively to ANI here, Miandad was replying specifically on the issue of Tendulkar's retirement.

"I don't want to ask him to retire. Nobody can force him or push him. But if you ask me as a cricketer, he has played enough cricket. Maybe he'll play for another 4 or 6 months. This kind of decision is entirely up to the player. Its better to leave cricket when you are wanted, but don't leave when people say thank God he is gone. Great players should leave when they are on top, when they're wanted. People are talking about him all the time; I don't know what to say. My advice to him as a cricketer is that top cricketers should leave when they are on top," he said.

Miandad expressed happiness on resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan, and said that both the neighbours should play more often for mutual benefit.

"I am very pleased to see India and Pakistan starting their cricket. We don't mind playing cricket in India. It is nice to see these two countries starting their cricket. We like to continue with it. Lets try and come closer. We should not play once a while, we should play regularly. Its good for both the countries," he added.

Miandad revealed that Pakistani side is "very relaxed" ahead of its practice game against India on Monday, and added that he wishes for an India-Pak final.

"Pakistan team is very relaxed. The pressure is coming not from the inside, but from the outside. Winning and losing is part of the game. The more matches we play, this kind of pressure would not arise. I wish both the teams play T20 final. Tomorrow, it's not a matter of winning or losing. They (Pakistan) should look for the tournament ahead," he said.

Miandad refrained from picking any favourites to win the competition, saying,"Its not that easy to tell. Every team knows to play this kind of cricket. In this kind of competition, you need two good players."

India won its first warm up game, against Sri Lanka, on Saturday, and are scheduled to lock horns with Pakistan in another practice game tomorrow. By Praful Kumar Singh (ANI)

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