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To commemorate Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th birthday and 25 years of his ‘Desert Storm’, an iconic Sharjah Cricket stadium stand has been named after the cricket legend on April 24. A special ceremony held on Monday marked the naming of the iconic stand after Master Blaster around the time he celebrated his 50th birthday. The west stand at the Sharjah cricket stadium has been named the ‘Sachin Tendulkar Stand’. 

Along with his birthday, the naming of the stand also coincides with Tendulkar celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 'Desert Storm' in 1998. His ‘Desert Storm’ knocks are his two centuries when he hit 143 on April 22 and 134 on April 24, in the final of the Coca-Cola Cup, a triangular series between India, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Reacting to the news of the naming of the Sharjah Stadium stand, Tendulkar said, "I wish I was there but unfortunately I had prior commitments. Playing in Sharjah has always been a magnificent experience. From the electrifying atmosphere to the love, affection, and support, Sharjah has been a special venue for Indian cricket fans and lovers of the game from around the globe,” he said.

“A big thank you to Bukhatir and his team for this kind gesture on the 25th anniversary of the Desert Storm match and my 50th birthday. Feels like the greatest 6 of them all,” he further added. 

CEO of the Sharjah Stadium, Khalaf Bukhatir said that it is a small way to express gratitude to Sachin for doing so much for cricket. He said, “We believe that as administrators it is our duty to pay tribute to those who have raised the bar and dedicated their lives to the cause of cricket, and we will continue to do so.”

Notably, a gate has also been named after Sachin Tendulkar at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Monday honouring him on his 50th birthday.