The Board of Control for Cricket in India is blaming the sports ministry after failing to recommend any cricketer for the Arjuna award this year.
According to the eligibility criteria given on the sports ministry's website, national sports federations, select public sector undertakings, state governments etc. should fill the application form available on the ministry's website and directly send in the nominations. The ministry does not notify the federations separately.
The form must be filled and signed by the athlete and countersigned by the federation etc. concerned and submitted to the ministry by the deadline, which is April 30. However, the BCCI claimed the sports ministry did not send any notification this year. “Every year, we get intimation from the ministry and once we finalise the nominee, we ask the person to complete the rest of the formalities. This is the first time we haven't been intimated by the sports ministry,” Prof Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's chief administrative officer, told HT on Wednesday.
“Since we haven't been notified about the deadline, it would not be fair to say the BCCI has not recommended any cricketer for the Arjuna Award this year. We have many deserving sportspersons who could have been nominated.”