Diana Edulji to Receive CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award
A three-member Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) panel has recommended former India women’s team captain and current Committee of Administrator (CoA) member, Diana Edulji, for the prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
Former cricketer Edulji played 20 Tests and 34 One-day Internationals in her 17-year long career. The bowler claimed 109 wickets across formats while representing her country at the highest level.
Former India opener, Late Pankaj Roy will also be awarded along with Edulji.
The 62-year-old Edulji, played at a time when Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI) governed the game in India.
Edulji was also a member of the CoA. Image Courtesy: Twitter
Edulji was part of the CoA in 2017 but relieved herself from the panel this year as her name was in contention.
Following the introduction in the panel, Edulji alongside other members picked Shantha Rangaswamy as the first woman cricketer – to receive the award, last year.
Diana Edulji will receive the award ahead of her teammates Shubhangi Kulkarni and Sudha Shah who were also shortlisted for the coveted award.
“There’s no doubt that Edulji has been the most popular woman cricketer in the bygone era. She deserves the award. Her being a part of CoA, which is taking all major calls in Indian cricket right now, she was not considered last year,” a source close to BCCI said.
“The records say she was at par with most other woman cricketers of her era. It’s just that she has been around and stayed in touch with cricket that she is the most popular amongst. She could have waited but there is a sense of mistrust in the board,” the source concluded.
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