Mumbai, Nov 6: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred with the Member of the Order of Australia honour today by Simon Crean, Australia's Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister of Arts at Mumbai.
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Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with Australian honour by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, during her visit to India in the month of October.
"Cricket is of course a very great bond between Australia and India. We are both cricket mad nations. So, I am also very pleased that we are going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar membership of the "Order of Australia". This a very special honour very rarely awarded to someone who is not an Australian citizen or an Australian national," Gillard had said then.
Earlier, Matthew Hayden disappointed with Sachin Tendulkar receiving Australian honour had said that it should be given only to citizens of Australia and nobody else and also sarcastically said Make Sachin PM of Australia.
While former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist had supported the government's decision to confer Sachin with Australian honour as he said the legendary Indian cricketer demands the same kind of respect in Australia as well and has been phenomenal in developing the relationship between the two nations.
After a heated debate, Sachin Tendulkar will be receiving the honour today at Mumbai, which is expected to be another feather in Tendulkar's cap.