Diana Edulji, ex-India women’s cricket skipper, declines top BCCI award
Diana Edulji, former Indian women’s cricket team off-spinner, said it would not be proper to accept the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award as she is a member of the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators.cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2018 23:48 IST
Diana Edulji has declined the prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award as she is in the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that is running Indian cricket.
A three-man BCCI panel recommended the former India women’s team captain for the prestigious award.
Edulji played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs in a career spanning over 17 years, taking 63 and 46 wickets respectively.
In a media statement, Eduljee said: “I have learnt today that the BCCI awards committee (consisting of BCCI office-bearers and eminent journalist N Ram) has conferred the life time achievement award on me. Neither me nor any other member of the Hon’ble Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators were part of this awards committee.
“However, since I am a member of the Hon’ble Supreme Court appointed committee of administrators of the BCCI, I do not think it is appropriate for me to accept this honour at this juncture. I have discussed my decision with my family, friends and well-wishers who wholeheartedly support my decision not to accept the award during my tenure as a member of the COA. In fact, I had made my decision very clear last year as well when my name was suggested for this honour.
“Nevertheless, I would like to thank the Members of the BCCI awards committee for considering me worthy of this prestigious honour.”
Gaekwad, late Pankaj Roy recommended
Meanwhile, Former India batsman and coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former opener, the late Pankaj Roy, have been recommended for the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award, the BCCI announced.
The three-member committee comprising CK Khanna (acting president), Amitabh Choudhary (acting hon. secretary) and N Ram (eminent journalist) have also nominated former India batter and coach Sudha Shah for the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award (women), as well as Edulji, who declined it.
The list of recommendations:
Pankaj Roy (2016-17) - Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award
Anshuman Gaekwad (2017-18) - Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award
Diana Edulji (2016-17) - BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award (women) (DECLINED)
Sudha Shah (2017-18) - BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award (women)
Abbas Ali Baig (2016-17) - BCCI Special award