BCCI slammed for not recommending Mithali Raj for Khel Ratna award
Prolific batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur and India's men's cricket team's middle-order mainstay in tests Cheteshwar Pujara have been recommended by the BCCI for the Arjuna Award
August 04, 2017 / 11:06 AM IST
Cricket - Women's Cricket World Cup Final Preview - India Nets & Press Conference - London, Britain - July 22, 2017 India's Mithali Raj during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley - RTX3CHPM
Indian Women’s Cricket team captain Mithali Raj who successfully led the country to ICC Women’s World Cup finals against England has not been recommended by the BCCI for country's highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
As per reports, the BCCI did not send in Mithali Raj’s name, however, Indian team member Harmanpreet Kaur and Cheteshwar Pujara from the men's team were opted for the Arjuna Award, along with 17 other sportspersons.
“It’s surprising. In my opinion both Mithali and Jhulan (Goswami) deserve the Khel Ratna, simply because they are now the world-record holders. What they have achieved, words can’t describe it. They’ve done great service for the team. But I’m sure the central government can ignore the absence of recommendations and give them the award. They both richly deserve it,” said former India skipper, Shantha Rangaswamy in a report by The Hindustan Times.
Paralympic javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia and former Hockey Captain Sardar Singh made the list of recommendations for the Khel Ratna Award, which is the country's highest honour for a sportsperson.
Mithali Raj recently created history by becoming the first batswoman to score 6,000 ODI runs, leading the Indian team to the finals where they once again suffered a heart-breaking loss against England in the summit clash.
It remains to be seen whether BCCI will send Mithali Raj’s name as a late recommendation, for which it will have to seek intervention of sports minister Vijay Goel, in line with past players who were recommended later on after they gave impressive performances post the April 30 deadline for the Khel Ratna recommendations.