Vastavam web: A three-man BCCI panel has recommended former India women’s team captain and current CoA member, Diana Edulji, for the prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.Along with Edulji, former India openerl late Pankaj Roy will also be awarded posthumously.Edulji had played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs in a career spanning over 17 years, taking 63 and 46 wickets respectively.While Edulji’s contribution as a pioneer of women’s cricket movement in the country is unquestionable, the murmur in the BCCI corridors is about the timing of such a recommendation when she is a part of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket.
The three-member panel that send the recommendations comprised eminent journalist N Ram, acting president CK Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.When the acting secretary was contacted, he refused to divulge the names.”I will never divulge the names recommended by our panel,” Choudhary told.A veteran BCCI official said: “No one can ever question Diana’s contribution towards growth of women’s cricket in India. After Shantha, she is a logical choice as there aren’t too many great women cricketers of yesteryears.
“But she is being recommended at a time when she is one of the figure heads of BCCI. Conflict of Interest is not about direct conflicts but about perceptions. “Whenever I see these situations, I feel bad for Roger Binny, who was dumped from selection panel as his son Stuart is an active cricketer. Roger also used to recuse himself when Stuart’s name would come up,” the official added.”Dad would have got emotional had he been around. We as a family always felt that my father always got his recognition late. But better late than never. My mother will be overjoyed to hear this news,” he said.