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Tendulkar getting Bharat Ratna is 'historic moment': BCCI

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Published: Saturday, November 16, 2013, 18:31 [IST]
 
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'Bharat Ratna for Sachin is historic'

Mumbai, Nov 16: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday said Sachin Tendulkar "richly deserves" Bharat Ratna and it was a "historic moment".

A few hours after he played his 200th and final Test, Tendulkar was chosen for Bharat Ratna honour. He is the youngest and first sportsperson to be named for India's highest civilian honour.

"Sachin Tendulkar is an inspirational figure, and a role model for all sportspersons. He richly deserves the Bharat Ratna. I extend my heartiest congratulations to him," BCCI president N Srinivasan said.

The Indian cricket board's secretary Sanjay Patel hailed it as a "historic moment".

"This is a historic moment. Sachin Tendulkar has done the country proud with his sterling achievements, over the decades. Hearty congratulations to him for being conferred the Bharat Ratna," Patel said.

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