Tendulkar offered seat in Indian parliament

Sachin Tendulkar has played more tests and one-day internationals than any other cricket player. [Getty Images Matthew Lewis]
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Sachin Tendulkar has played more tests and one-day internationals than any other cricket player. [Getty Images Matthew Lewis]

Last Updated: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 07:54:00 +1000

Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar could soon have a seat in the country's Upper House of Parliament.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written a letter to the president recommending Tendulkar be given a seat in the Rajya Sabha.

Local media say Tendulkar, 39 , and his wife called on the ruling Congress Party President Sonia Gandh at her residence on Thursday for a "courtesy visit."

If chosen, Tendulkar would be the first active sportsman and cricketer to take a seat in the house.

The majority of the 250 seats in the upper house of parliament are filled by members elected by the legislatures in their home states.

However 12 seats are awarded at the discretion of the president, and are normally filled by people who have excelled in the arts, science and sport.

Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 and has played more tests and one-day internationals than any other player.

Reports of his nomination for the parliament are likely to spark fresh speculation about his playing future, although Tendulkar has dismissed talk of retiring anytime soon.

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