Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Bharat Ratna © PTI
Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Bharat Ratna © PTI

 

Indore: Feb 6, 2014 

 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president Uma Bharti said no cricketer who has taken part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction should be considered for the Bharat Ratna award.

 

“Awarding Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar was a big mistake and after IPL, no cricketer should be considered for the top civilian honour,” she said, adding that she was personally not against him.

 

Players who were auctioned in IPL should not be considered for the top honour, Bharti said.

 

“How a cricketer who had sold himself in Rs 4-5 crore in IPL auction could be given the Bharat Ratna?” she asked

 

The BJP leader said she likes the game and during her tenure as Union Sports Minister she had even recommended a number of former cricketers for the prestigious Arjuna award.