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British parliament honours Sachin

cricket Updated: Nov 19, 2013 01:19 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
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An early day motion was laid in the House of Commons on Monday, congratulating Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for his 'magnificent career' and for serving as an inspiration to millions around the world.

Moved by Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz, the motion seeks to recognise Tendulkar's 'selfless dedication' to cricket.

Tendulkar's large following in England includes former prime minister John Major.

Vaz said: "This motion is a fitting tribute to such an exceptional batsman. Tendulkar is adored almost as much in the UK as he is India so it is only right that Parliament pays tribute to him."

The text of the motion reads: 'That this House congratulates the magnificent Sachin Tendulkar on his stunning career following his 200th and final test match in Mumbai on Friday; notes that in his record breaking and remarkable career the Little Master scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests, 18,426 runs in 463 One Day Internationals and an astounding 100 centuries; notes that Tendulkar has served as an inspirations for millions of Indians and people from all around the world; and recognises his selfless dedication to the sport, which has surely enriched cricket for decades to come'.

Early day motions are rarely debated and are mostly used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.