No cricketers for Arjuna award
As the deadline for the respective sports associations to send the names of the candidates is over, it has been found that BCCI hasn`t sent any names despite the fact that in 2011 the senior cricket team won the World Cup and Virat Kohli was one of the top run-getters in ODI cricket.
"We haven`t received the Arjuna nomination from the union sports ministry. I can tell you that this has happened for the first time that we haven`t received the format which requires to be filled up and also duly signed by our nominee. When they haven`t sent us an intimation, how do we send a name," BCCI`s Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty told PTI.
"The process of selecting a cricketer and getting all the formalities done takes some time and only the people in the sports ministry can tell as to why we didn`t get the form," Shetty said. When contacted, Abhijit Rai, OSD to Sports Minister Ajay Maken, said, "The question of sending form to BCCI doesn`t arise as it is available on the internet. Any sports association can download it and fill it up. As of now, I am unable to provide you with further details as to why BCCI didn`t send their nomination."