Wellington, June 6: It benefits to members of the British commonwealth. Just ask New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori. They have each been bestowed with the highest civil honours on a list announced on Monday to mark the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
Fleming, who coaches the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and Vettori, who captains Royal Challengers Bangalore, have both been made Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The 38-year-old Fleming was 23 when he was named New Zealand's youngest Test captain. He went on to lead New Zealand in 80 Tests and in 218 one-day internationals, both achievements amounting to records. Fleming retired in 2008.
Vettori, 32, made his Test debut aged 18 and succeeded Fleming as captain in 2007.
Such honours to the Kiwis lend credence to proposals to hand Indian batting maetro Sachin Tendulkar with India's highest civil ward - the Bharat Ratna.