\"If Sachin was living in Australia, then gee, why not give him the PM gong. For me, it should be exclusive for Australians,\" he said.
New Delhi: Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has shown displeasure over Sachin Tendulkar getting the prestigious 'Order of Australia'. "I am not so sure. There are things that are sacred within our country," Hayden told Triple M Sydney's The Rush Hour.
The 40-year-old asserted that though Tendulkar is an iconic figure in Australia, the honour should remain exclusive for the Australian citizens. "If Sachin was living in Australia, then gee, why not give him the Prime Minister gong. For me, it should be exclusive for Australians."
On Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that 'Order of Australia' will be conferred on Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to the sport.
Tendulkar was elated after hearing the news hoping it would further "cement the bond" between the two countries. "I indeed feel privileged and honoured at receiving this recognition," Tendulkar said from South Africa where he is representing Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 tournament. "I hope that this honour will further cement the bond between the two countries, we both share a unique love for cricket," he added.