The Maharashtra state government recommended center to award Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor, to Sachin Tendulkar. Per cricket statistics, currently Sachin has most runs and most centuries in the test as well as one day cricket. Besides a cricketer, Sachin is a successful businessman with several brand endorsements, sports management products, sports fitness products and restaurants.
With no opinion on Bharat Ratna suggestion, the following part of news item (Times Of India) got my attention.
Endorsing the resolution , Opposition leader Eknath Khadse also said, " There has not been a single case where Sachin Tendulkar—in 21 years of his cricket career—has been accused or linked with match fixing or spot fixing. The legendary cricketer is the right candidate for Bharat Ratna."
Is it expected from cricket players to be involved in match fixing? Is cricket so corrupt that lack of match fixing accusation is quoted as an additional reason for Bharat Ratna?
Do you think Sachin shall be decorated with Bharat Ratna considering his business empire that is built on cricket career?