New Delhi, Jan 25: BCCI has not recommended master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's name for the country's highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, according to reports from New Delhi on Wednesday.
The sports ministry had recommended the names of hockey legend Major Dhyanchand and mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, while sources reveal that BCCI did not recommend Sachin's name for the highest civilian honour, according to IBN reports.
A few weeks earlier, there were reports suggesting that, Bharat Ratna can be awarded to in recognition of exceptional services or performance of the highest order "in any field of human endeavor" which covers almost every field which was not in the purview.
Earlier the award was restricted only to fields such as arts, literature, science and public service, excluding sports as the government found it difficult to consider the fields outside its reach.
Politicians from Maharashtra had been pushing the little master's name for the civilian award, which prompted sports minister Ajay Maken to write to the Prime minister's office regarding the issue.
BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla, explaining the reason for not recommending the name of the Indian great, has said 'the ministry itself decides the names and not BCCI'.