Karachi: Pakistan cricket fraternity on Friday heaped praise on Sachin Tendulkar and said his record of scoring the 100th international century would remain an unmatchable achievement.
"I think he has achieved a milestone that others can only dream off. But I give full credit to the Indian cricket authorities and selectors for backing him all these years," said former skipper Javed Miandad.
"There was a time specially after the World Cup when there was pressure on the authorities to ask Tendulkar to call it a day but they stuck by him and supported him and that is why he has achieved this great honour for his country," said Miandad, who played in the Test at Karachi in 1989 in which Tendulkar made his debut.
He felt the retirement decision should be left to Sachin.
"I don't think age should be any criteria. If he feels he can continue to score runs for India he should carry on."
Another former captain Zaheer Abbas also hailed Tendulkar's achievement.
"I scored 100 hundreds in first class cricket and I know how it feels to reach this milestone. Tendulkar has by scoring his 100th century today shown just what a great player he has been for India," said Abbas.
Abbas also felt that Tendulkar besides his run-scoring feats had also been an admirable ambassador for his country and the sport.
"He has remained down to earth despite all these records to his name."