Jhulan Goswami (left) and Mithali Raj    Getty Images
Jhulan Goswami (left) and Mithali Raj Getty Images

Indian women cricket team skipper Mithali Raj on Wednesday was not nominated for India’s most prestigious sporting award, the Khel Ratna award, by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), despite leading the team into the final of the just concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. Mithali finished as the second highest run-scorer in the tournament, while she also became the highest run scorer by a female cricketer in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Nevertheless, the BCCI has chosen to ignore the records and apparently has some other plans, as the decision has been taken of not nominating her for the award. Mithali Raj: Reaching 2005 World Cup final was more memorable

The deadline for the submission of the nominations was April 30, but there have been instances when the boards have pushed for names post deadline. In 2016, the Khel Ratna award was awarded to four sports person in the form of PV Sindhu (badminton), Sakshi Malik (wrestling), Dipa Karmakar (gymnastics) and Jituy Rai (shooting). Although BCCI had earlier recommended the name of Cheteshwar Pujara and Harmanpreet Kaur for the Arjuna Award, they have not done the same for the Khel Ratna. The BCCI is going through a crisis situation. There is a problem in governance and it is difficult to see it taking initiative and pushing the case of players, said a top BCCI official, as reported by Hindustan Times. Meanwhile, on being asked about the same to Mithali herself, she said, I can t give an opinion on this. It is for the BCCI to take the call.