Zeenews Sports Bureau
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has recommended the name of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar for the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.
Chief Minister of the state Prithviraj Chavan announced this in the state assembly on Wednesday.
"We felicitated both players from the state after the World Cup. From that time plans were on to recommend the name of the son of the soil, the son of Maharashtra for the Bharat Ratna for his outstanding achievements in cricket and for being a role model to the younger generation of this country," Chavan informed.
The name of Sachin Tendulkar for the highest civilian award has been doing the rounds ever since India won the World Cup in 2011 after 28 long years.
Earlier, lauding Sachin Tendulkar for his phenomenal feat of scoring 100 international centuries, BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla had said the cricket icon should be honoured with the country`s highest civilian award.
"There is a lot more cricket left in him. He should get the highest civilian award," Shukla, also a central government minister, had said.