Union sports minister Jitendra Singh expressed his desire to organise a felicitation function in honour of Sachin Tendulkar and hoped that the legendary batsman will work with the Ministry in future to promote sports in the country.

Tendulkar has announced that he will retire from Test cricket after the two-match Test series against the West Indies at home, and the minister hopes that this is a beginning of a new start.

"I look forward to Sachin Tendulkar working with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to promote sports in this country. But for that modalities need to be discussed," said Jitendra in New Delhi on Thursday.

"He is an icon for this country, for the youth of this country. I am also a huge fan of him myself. We are also planning some sort of an award and felicitation programme for him," he was quoted as saying by PTI.