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Even after four rejections, BMC keen on felicitating Tendulkar

Although Sachin Tendulkar's wish to lift the World Cup finally came true on Saturday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) desire to felicitate him on behalf of all Mumbai residents has been pending for the last six years due to Tendulkar’s busy schedule.

mumbai Updated: Apr 04, 2011 02:51 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

Although Sachin Tendulkar's wish to lift the World Cup finally came true on Saturday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) desire to felicitate him on behalf of all Mumbai residents has been pending for the last six years due to Tendulkar’s busy schedule.

With one more feather in Tendulkar’s cap, the civic body is hoping that this time round; it can get him to come for its felicitation function. “Before Tendulkar climbs another Everest in cricket, the BMC should felicitate him,” said Rajhans Singh, Opposition leader in the BMC.

In December 2005, when Tendulkar scored 109 runs against Sri Lanka in a test match in Delhi, the civic body made a resolution, the first of many, to felicitate Tendulkar.

In October 2008, the BMC decided to felicitate Tendulkar for setting a new world record by completing 12,000 runs in test cricket. Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu recommended Tendulkar for civic felicitation.

In December 2009, Congress leader in the BMC, Rajhans Singh proposed a felicitation for Tendulkar for having completed 20 years in cricket. Singh wrote a letter to mayor Shraddha Jadhav on November 27, 2009 to this effect, which was cleared in the group leaders meeting.

In February 2010, Tendulkar created history again by becoming the first cricketer to score a double century in a One Day International (ODI). He scored an unbeaten 200 to steer India to victory with 401 runs for three wickets in the match against South Africa in Gwalior.

In all these four instances, BMC had sent an official invite to the cricketer but Tendulkar was forced to turn down the invite due to a choc-a-bloc schedule.

The BMC is now looking forward to felicitating Tendulkar for winning the World Cup by inviting him for a ‘Civic Reception’ - a felicitation by the mayor on behalf of 1.25 crore Mumbaiites.

“I will personally invite Sachin to come for civic reception and hope he will adjust his schedule to attend the felicitation function,” said mayor Shraddha Jadhav.