Salaam Cricket 2019: Tried sledging Tendulkar but realised it was futile, says Wasim Akram

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 23:53 IST Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram at Salaam Cricket 2019 in Lord’s statdium, London.HIGHLIGHTSWasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar recalled early rivalry at Salaam Cricket 2019Tried sledging Tendulkar but we realised he would not react: Wasim AkramHe did not react to provocation from our pacers. Top batsmen do not react: AkramWasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar made for a sensational session at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s on Sunday. Both the cricketing greats recalled their early days and walked down memory lane to live their intense rivalry on the field and warm friendship off it.Sachin Tendulkar Tendulkar and Wasim Akram were part of some memorable India-Pakistan rivalries in the past. The two men were involved in 4 World Cup matches in 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003. Akram had retired by the 2011 World Cup where India and Pakistan met for the 5th time.Besides, Wasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar had played in several other India-Pakistan contests. Like all gladiators, some days Akram finished on top while on others, Tendulkar came out the winner.At Salaam Cricket 2019, Wasim Akram revealed he and other Pakistani bowlers had tried sledging Tendulkar but said that made him even more dangerous.”Tried sledging Sachin Tendulkar but then we realised he would not react. Akhtar tried, Waqar tried. Some guys would get upset but Sachin would get more motivated,” Akram said.Wasim Akram said he had first heard of Tendulkar as a 16-year-old when he came to Pakistan with the Indian Test team.”I remember when India were about to come to Pakistan – we heard about a young sensation coming from India. And we thought how could a 16-year-old boy playing Test cricket be so good?”But he did not react to provocation from our pacers. Top batsmen do not react. I would get very annoyed when people smiled back… On that tour, Pakistan got to know who Sachin Tendulkar was. We realised this guy was something special,” Akram said.advertisementWasim Akram said Tendulkar will forever be regarded as the greatest batsman in world cricket and added no one would break his record of 100 international hundreds.ALSO READ | When Sachin Tendulkar decided to let Virender Sehwag sweat before 2003 World Cup clash vs PakistanALSO READ | Virat Kohli is blessed with a confidence like no one else: Viv RichardsALSO WATCH | Salaam Cricket 2019: Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram share warmth, old stories and a lot of laughsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Cricket World Cup 2019 Salaam Cricket 2019: Tried sledging Tendulkar but realised it was futile, says Wasim AkramSalaam Cricket 2019: Wasim Akram said sledging Sachin Tendulkar only motivated him further and made him even more dangerous.advertisementlast_img read more

UN identifies most persistent users of child soldiers in armed conflicts

The annual report of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict shows that 16 different armies and insurgent groups – in conflicts ranging from the Philippines and Myanmar to Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia – have recruited or used child soldiers for at least the past five years.The report also identifies the groups which subjects minors to the most brutal violence, such as killings, maimings, rapes and other sexual assaults.Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, warned that “we still live in a world with those who would use children as spies, soldiers, and human shields.“The shifting nature of conflict has put many children on the front lines. Too often children become collateral damage during military operations. Every year the release of this report should give us pause. Let us remember that we must protect the most innocent and most vulnerable,” she added.The persistent violators include Abu Sayyaf, the New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), three insurgent groups that are active in the Philippines. Myanmar’s national army, known as Tatmadaw Kyi, and the rebel Karenni Army and Karen National Liberation Army were also identified.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) continue to recruit and use child soldiers in their fight against Government forces and paramilitary groups in the South American country, the report noted.In the DRC, the report named violators on both sides of the conflict still flaring in the east – the national army (known as the FARDC) and the rebel Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Nationalist and Integrationalist Front (FNI), the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and various militias that are known as the Mai-Mai.In Sudan, pro-Government militias in Darfur and the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) were included in the list, while Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) was also named.But the report, which has been sent to the Security Council, makes clear that progress has been made with some groups which have recently signed action plans in which they aim to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The MILF, the SPLA and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist have all signed such plans.Burundi has been removed from the annexes to the report following UN verification that all children associated with the National Liberation Forces (FNL) have been reunited with their families and that the group has ceased recruitment.By contrast, some groups have been named for the first time as recruiting or using children in armed conflict. These include the Afghan National Police, the rebel Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Somalia’s Hizbul Islam militia.Somalia’s Al-Shabaab, an Islamist rebel force, and the TFG both stand accused of killing and maiming children in the Horn of Africa country.Several groups involved in fighting in the eastern DRC were named as being responsible for rapes and other forms of sexual violence against children. They are the FARDC, LRA, FDLR, the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri district (FRPI), the FNI and the Mai-Mai.The report lists several recommendations to the Security Council for consideration, including more vigorous measures against those groups and individuals who persistently commit grave violations against children. The Council will discuss the report at an open debate next month. 21 May 2010The United Nations today for the first time named the military forces and rebel groups that are the most persistent violators of children in armed conflicts, identifying groups in Asia, Africa and Latin America which continue to recruit child soldiers and use them to wage war. read more