Tendulkar, who has received so many sporting accolades, could be in line for the Bharat Ratna if some people have their way.

Two organisations consisting of the royal descendents of Avadh on Wednesday demanded the country’s highest civilian award the “Bharat Ratna” for legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Describing Tendulkar as the “pride of India” at a meeting held here, the two organisations named the Royal Family of Avadh and Nawabeen-e-Avadh demanded that the master blaster be conferred with the country’s highest civilian honour.

“There is a move to denigrate Sachin Tehdular whose achievements are unparallel and who has been bestowed with awards like Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan, Arjun award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award among others”, the descendents of the nawabs of Avadh said in support of their demand.

They said they would soon be writing to the President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding the honour for Tendulkar.

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