Cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar announced in Mumbai (India) that he would captain the Pakistan team.
The shocking announcement came soon after former England Test player Bob Woolmer was named coach of the Pakistan national team following the sacking of Javed Miandad by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
It was Woolmer who convinced Tendulkar to switch sides, it is learned.
Tendulkar told close friend and cricket columnist Clayton Murzello that he would shift to Pakistan next month. 'This is too much. I have repeated been ignored by the national selectors. They have not appointed me captain for many years. Why should I tolerate this humiliation?' he told Murzello in an exclusive interview, excerpts of which were made available to thespoof.com.
Tendulkar said he expected to be at least appointed Sports Minister in the new government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh. 'I voted Congress. And now they have left me in the lurch,' he said.
He said Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf had telephoned him and welcomed his decision.
With this, Pakistan hopes to hit back at India. Both nations have fought wars and are at present involved in a cold war.