Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who has just recovered from cancer is set to be nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for Arjuna Award. The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has revised the deadline in order to accommodate cricketers.
Earlier the BCCI had a deadline of April 30 to nominate a player. But the date expired and the BCCI cited lack of communication from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. On this the Ministry said that the BCCI has been informed about the deadline.
On July 5, 2012 the BCCI was informed that the sports ministry has made an exception and the deadline was extended to July 20, 2012.Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of BCCI confirmed that he received a phone call from Mukul Chatterjee, joint secretary in sports ministry on Thursday about the extended deadline.
Shetty said, “We received a call in the afternoon and we are thankful to the sports ministry for their gesture. The joint secretary Chatterjee personally called to inform us about this and it is indeed good news. We will submit our nominations before the deadline”. Sources said that the name of Virat Kohli is also being discussed for the nomination. Yuvraj has played a major role in India’s win in the World Cup.