Aussie, not Sachin, deserved honour: Hayden
Upset at Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar getting the Order of Australia, former Aussie batsman Matthew Hayden said the honour should be "exclusive" to his countrymen.cricket Updated: Oct 19, 2012 23:40 IST
Upset at Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar getting the Order of Australia, former Aussie batsman Matthew Hayden said the honour should be "exclusive" to his countrymen.
"Now, if Sachin were living in Australia - give him the prime minister's gong, I reckon - but the reality of it is he's living in India," Hayden told a radio show.
Australian cricket fans had questioned Tendulkar's role in the 2008 Monkeygate scandal after the suspension of Harbhajan Singh for allegedly racially abusing Andrew Symonds in the Sydney Test.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the honour for Tendulkar during a recent visit to India.
Hayden, also a former recipient of the title, said only Australians should be conferred with such awards as they are about national honour.
"I think it should be exclusive to Australians... I'm not so sure. There are things that are sacred among our country," Hayden said.
"I kind of understand...that he has been such an iconic figure here in Australia and there's an enormous population of Indians working here and living here very happily and in harmony with Australia that have naturalised and I think that's a great part of our country, how multicultural we are."
Tendulkar is only the second Indian after former attorney general Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.