Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Former left-arm spinners Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar have been nominated for the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday.
“The committee consisting of N. Ram, Ramachandra Guha and Diana Edulji believed that BCCI needs to recognise the services rendered by Goel and Shivalkar who were not fortunate enough to play for India,” a release said.
The two left-arm spinners traumatised the batsmen picking wickets in a heap. Rajinder ended his career with a staggering 750 first-class wickets, including 637 scalps in the Ranji Trophy — the most by any bowler in the tournament’s history.
Shivalkar played 124 first-class games and claimed 589 wickets. He picked up 42 five-wicket hauls and on 13 occasions registered a 10-wicket haul.
The BCCI also introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women to “recongnize the contribution of women cricketers”. Former captain Shanta Rangaswamy, who led India in 12 Test matches and in 16 ODIs, has been nominated for the award.
BCCI also announced that Vaman Viswanath Kumar and late Ramakant Desai have been nominated for the BCCI Special Award in recognition of their yeoman services to Indian cricket.
Meanwhile, it was also announced that the fifth MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture will be delivered by former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer on March 8 in Bengaluru.
Known for his sharp reflexes, agility behind the stumps and his aggressive batting, Engineer represented India in 46 Test matches and five ODIs.
The lecture will be followed by BCCI Annual Awards 2016-17.