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Tendulkar: Cricket comes first

2012-05-01 13:12

New Delhi - Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar said on Tuesday he was "honoured" to be nominated to India's parliament but stressed that cricket would remain his priority as long as he keeps playing.

Last week, Tendulkar was offered one of the 12 seats in the upper house of parliament that are reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in various fields such as the arts, sciences or social services.

"When you get nominated because of your contribution in your field, it's an honour. I was excited to be nominated," Tendulkar, 39, told a televised press function in Pune in western India.

"I don't think I will stop (playing) cricket and go straight into politics. I will keep playing cricket. Cricket is my life and will always be," he added.

Tendulkar has not formally accepted his nomination, but such honours are rarely handed out without the prior agreement of the nominee.

It is unclear exactly when Tendulkar might take up his seat.

The "Little Master's" nomination had raised many eyebrows across India, with some questioning how the publicly apolitical cricketer could balance his sporting commitments with his duties as an MP.

Tendulkar has played more Tests (188) and one-day internationals (463) than any other player since his debut in 1989.

He is the highest run-getter in both forms of the game and last month became the first batsman to complete 100 international centuries - 51 in Tests and 49 in one-dayers.

SAPA

Comments
  • Satish - 2012-05-02 06:57

    I have said "Just as RAW-induced cricket fever sweeps India and does no good and a lot of harm to India, replacing real victory and supremacy over white countries, for example, with fake 'victories' and 'supremacy' over enemies ... "; a Times of India headline refers to a fleck of inconsequential filth who plays cricket as "God". A large number of flecks of filth will die in the nuclear destruction of New Delhi that will occur along with that of Washington and New York; see my blog 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.' which can be found with a Yahoo search with the title. To India's nuclear forces -- who matter about a trillion times more than any cricketer -- I repeat that destroying Washington and New York without delay or dawdling, with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed, with nuclear warheads already emplaced in them, if there is any retaliation, comes first and this will immediately make India the supreme power in the world. Satish Chandra

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