“I think it should be exclusive to Australians,” Hayden said on Triple M’s Rush Hour programme.
Hayden received the honour in 2010 for his services to cricket and society. He joined other Aussie greats like Sir Donald Bradman, Allan Border, Dennis Lillee, Keith Miller, Steve and Mark Waugh.
“I kind of understand the point of the fact that he has been such an iconic figure here in Australia and there’s an enormous population of Indians that are working here and living here very happily.
“Now, if Sachin was living in Australia, give him the Prime Minister’s gong I reckon, but the reality of it is he’s living in India,” said Hayden.