Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar may not receive the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna this year as his name has not been recommended by the sports ministry.
Sports minister Ajay Maken said the ministry has not received any recommendation from the cricket board for Bharat Ratna.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) did not recommend Sachin’s name despite appeals from all quarters for the prestigious award for the cricket legend.
“See in awards like these, individuals make their recommendations, and then the government panel makes the final decision”, said BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla.
“When Sachin got a Padma Shri, or Padma Bhushan, or Padma Vibushan, then also BCCI didn’t give any names.
“The decision was taken in the same way – individuals write in and then government on its part, takes a decision.
“BCCI doesn’t give any names for this, BCCI just writes in for the Arjuna award.”
The sports ministry has sent the names of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand and mountaineer Tenzing Norgay for the award this.