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'It will be the best day in my life when I meet him' - Abid Ali aspires to meet Sachin Tendulkar at World Cup

Pakistan opener Abid Ali on Sunday expressed confidence that despite strained political relations Sachin Tendulkar will give him a hug and a few batting tips at the ODI World Cup.

The 31-year-old made his ODI debut during the five-match series against Australia last month after a prolific run in domestic cricket and smashed a century on his debut.

"It's my wish and hope that I meet Sachin Tendulkar," Abid told media in Lahore.

"Definitely, I would like to hug him and I am sure that just like all great players meet youngsters I am sure that he will not turn me down.

"I am sure that if I want to get any information on cricket from Sachin, he will give a positive reply."

Abid said it will be a memorable day when he meets his idol.

"It will be the best day in my life when I meet him (Tendulkar) because he was one of the best batsmen.

"West Indian Viv Richards was also a great so I want to meet all the great players and learn from them," said Abid.

Despite the recent uptick in political tensions between the two neighbouring countries, players from both sides enjoy cordial relations.

Abid said he had followed Tendulkar's batting style from his early days.

"Actually I have followed Sachin's technique from day one of my career and after watching him I tried to play like him. He was a great player, just like our own Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf.

"I adopt their good things and leave any bad thing. If I meet him I will try to talk to him and get some advice, mentally and technically, so that it helps me improve my batting."

Abid said he will do his best to be known as a good batsman.

"Tendulkar's record is awesome.

"I will do my best as and when I get a chance to play for Pakistan and make a name for myself."