London: Pakistan legend Wasim Akram wants Sachin Tendulkar to add a diplomatic feather to his cricket cap by becoming the peace envoy for the two neighbouring countries.
Ahead of Tendulkar's 40th birthday on Wednesday, Akram called on Tendulkar to help improve relations between the two nations.
"People in Pakistan see him as an icon, a legend and batting maestro. People respect him as much in Pakistan as they do in India and worldwide. He is a true ambassador," Akram said.
"The way he speaks, he is a quiet man and unlike a superstar, but he is a superstar. He is a true role model and he can be very helpful and useful between these two countries as an ambassador," the former skipper told 'BBC' during a radio special titled 'Sachin at 40'.
It was aired on Tuesday and featured a range of former colleagues like Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly paying birthday tributes.