MP Sachin swears by cricket
New Delhi, June 4, 2012, DHNS:
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar started a new innings as parliamentarian here on Monday after taking oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
The cricketer, however, said he would continue to focus on cricket. “I am here because of my cricketing career. I cannot take any focus away from my cricket. That is where it all started for me. I will focus on my cricket,” Tendulkar categorically said, adding he did not want rumours to start that he would stop playing cricket after his nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
“As and when I stop playing cricket, I don’t know when, I will start attending to other things. I will let everyone know when I stop playing cricket,” he said.
Tendulkar further said he had not sought his nomination to the Rajya Sabha. “See, I am a nominee. So, I didn’t go to anyone to say that I want to become a Rajya Sabha member. It is an honour which I accept but I am here because of my cricketing career,” he said, reacting to the apprehension that he would not be able to devote much time to Parliament.
Tendulkar, however, maintained that it was a “great honour” for him to be nominated as a Rajya Sabha member by the President, saying this had put him in a better position to help not only cricket but also other sports. “But I believe there might be few obstacles and a few challenges along the way.
And I need help from my fellow parliamentarians, the administrators, media and our countrymen. I think, together we can make a lot of changes,” he said.
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