The Indian president has approved Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
Tendulkar met the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday and was offered a seat in the upper house's nominated category.
He accepted the offer and his name went from the prime minister's office to the home ministry, and then the office of the President, who formally approved the candidature.
Tendulkar will fill one of 12 seats in the Rajya Sabha that are reserved for those persons "having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service."
Tendulkar is the first sportsman to be nominated in this category, which has no election process.
Tendulkar's nomination had not been expected to meet with much opposition, given his stature in India.
The BCCI also welcomed the move.
However, commentators on the game were less enthusiastic in their response.