DUBAI, 3 AUG: Sachin Tendulkar has some fond memories of playing alongside the legends of the 1980s in the 1992 World Cup but rues missing out on playing against his hero, Vivian Richards.
Tendulkar recalled his progress from a ball boy in the 1987 World Cup to playing against the best players of that era in the next. “I remember, in 1987, I was a ball boy. So it was a big transformation for me from being a ball boy to participating in the next World Cup. I still remember the group picture of the participating teams in Sydney. It was followed by a dinner at the Darling Harbour. It was an unbelievable experience with all the top players from the world in the room,” he said. Tendulkar, who entered the 1992 World Cup as a teenager, scored 283 runs at an average of just over 47 and was Man of the Match in India’s only two victories, over Pakistan by 43 runs and against Zimbabwe by 55 runs. Tendulkar said it had been “special” to play against Ian Botham, Graham Gooch, Kepler Wessels, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose.
However, he regrets not playing against Vivian Richards.
“I was quite disappointed that Richards was not part of the West Indies squad. He was (and still is) my hero, so it was disappointing that I could not play against him,” he said.
In Karachi, Pakistan paceman Muhammad Irfan has said his team’s tour of India last winter helped him revive his international career and become a better bowler. Irfan, who was sidelined for 18 months after making his Pakistan debut in England in 2010 in a solitary one-day match, made a comeback on the tour of India in December.

Rauf retires    
Karachi, 3 Aug: Tainted Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf has retired from all forms of umpiring duties due to personal commitments, a report claimed here today. A report on the website of  the Express newspaper said that Rauf had made up his mind to retire from all forms of umpiring. pti