HAMILTON: Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records may endure, but the tiger, whose numbers in the wild have dropped alarmingly, isn’t as happily situated.

On Tuesday, Tendulkar pledged his support for tiger conservation, saying the critically-endangered species had to be preserved. “When I was growing up, I was told there was an animal called a dinosaur. Tomorrow, we would probably be talking about the tiger in a similar way to our future generations. Something needs to be done soon to stop the tiger from vanishing from our forests,” said Tendulkar on the eve of the first Test .

“At the start of the century, I am told there were nearly 40,000 tigers in India. Today, that number has shrunk to 1,700 and we are losing at least one tiger a month. The rate at which the tiger is being hunted down is alarming,” he said.

“Though I am no expert in this field, I feel the tiger should be allowed to live without disturbance in the forests. As we have our own homes and territories, the tiger has its territory. We should not disturb its habitat. Join me, Sachin Tendulkar, in speaking out for the tiger. Together we can make a difference.”

He also signed the India team’s Tiger banner, which will be hung near the dressing room during the Test series. — Special Correspondent

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