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Sachin is Indian, Don't Honor: Taliban

The proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has asked Pakistani media groups to desist from praising Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar. In a video message, Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid, bordered by two AK-47 exerting masked men, talks about Sachin's farewell to international cricket. "There is this Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar. It was unlucky to see Pakistani media go to immense extent to pay praise to him," Shahid said in the video message. "On the other hand, it was sad to discern similar Pakistani media poorly criticize captain Misbah-ul-Haq. No matter how good Tendulkar is, don't admire him because he is Indian. No matter how dire Misbah-ul-Haq plays, he should be honored because he is a Pakistani," the video shows the Taliban spokesperson as saying. The Pakistan media had broadly covered Tendulkar and his farewell talking was covered live. Pakistan media praised Tendulkar after he retired from the match on November 16. Newspapers paid rich marks of respect to Sachin saying "the game of cricket will certainly be the poorer without him". Dawn wrote Tendulakar's retirement marks the end of a truly unforgettable career that spanned almost a quarter of a century. Rated by critics and contemporaries as possibly the greatest postwar batsman to have played the game, Tendulkar continued to reword the record books with his radiant batting skills since making his debut against Pakistan in Karachi way back in 1989, it had said. The Express Tribune and Daily Times wrote Tendulkar is truly considered the most complete batsman of his age, possessing every shot in the book and having the skill to both, tear apart bowling attacks and to manage his natural hostility to suit the needs of his team. Insaaf, an Urdu daily, wrote Tendulkar like cricketers are not born every day. He is extensively loved and appreciated. His fans must be sad as "cricket without him is certainly the poorer."

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