Pawar refuse comment on awarding Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 23:50 PM IST

Kanpur: International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar today refused comment on whether Sachin Tendulkar should be honoured with India`s highest civilian award - the Bharat Ratna.

“I am a big fan of Sachin but a decision in this regard whether to confer him Bharat Ratna or not will have to be taken by a government committee. The committee will honour the right person with the award. So it would not be suitable on my part to comment," said Pawar at the sidelines of a function at the Indian Institute of Pulses Research here.

There has been an increasing chorus among the politicians and sportspersons to decorate the batting maestro with the Bharat Ratna since such a demand was first made way back in
2003.

Pawar, also the Union Agriculture Minister, said that the Cricket World Cup starting next month in the sub-continent, would be much bigger, but ruled out participation of skimpily-clad beaming cheerleaders.

"Cheerleaders will remain limited to the IPL," he said.

Asked which country is the favourite to lift the coveted World Cup trophy, Pawar said, "One can`t predict as most of the teams are performing well. India is looking good but at the same time South Africans also showed their class at home series. England defeated Australia in the Ashes series so it will be difficult to say anything."

PTI