The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) have welcomed the government’s nomination of Sachin Tendulkar as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
“We (BCCI) are happy that Tendulkar’s services as a sportsperson has been recognised,” BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Prof. Ratnakar Shetty said.
“He’s been a true ambassador for the country and he deserves it.”
Tendulkar has been nominated along with veteran actor Rekha and business leader Anu Aga.
Tendulkar, who turned 39 a few days ago, is the first active cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
Tendulkar is the leading run-getter in international cricket with more than 33,000 runs in all formats of the game.
He is the first batsman to break the 200-run barrier in ODI cricket. And in March this year, he also became the first batsman to score 100 international centuries.