Australia to honour Sachin today

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 16:02 hrs

Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred membership to the Order of Australia here on Tuesday,

The country´s minister for regional Australia Simon Crean will do the honours.

The Order of Australia was conferred on the star batsman by Australian prime minister Julia Gillard during her October visit to India. Gillard had said Sachin was as admired in Australia as in India.

The decision had triggered a considerable amount of criticism Down Under.

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden said such honours should be reserved for Australians and Sachin should not get it.

However, former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist came out in support of the Indian legend on Monday saying that Sachin has helped strengthen bonds between the two countries.

"The discussion around his award and the variety of opinion shows the amazing profile that Tendulkar has. Credit to Sachin to have the place he has held in both the countries. He has forged 22-years of relation between the two countries," Gilchrist said.

India has awarded the Bharat Ratna, the country´s highest civilian award, to Nelson Mandela.

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