New Delhi, Jul 6: The Sports Ministry made an exception to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday as they extended the date for filing nominations for the Arjuna awards till July 20.
"The joint secretary of ministry of sports Mukul Chatterjee personally called up to inform that the last date for filing the Arjuna award nomination has been extended till July 20. After the telephonic conversation, the BCCI has also received a fax stating the same from the ministry," a senior BCCI official told PTI on Thursday.
"Whatever miscommunication existed is a thing of past now. Obviously, we will be filing nominations. The BCCI president, secretary and the national selectors will assess as to who is the most eligible candidate for the award," the official added.
Virat Kohli, seems to be a front-runner as he has been fabulous over the past two years, especially in ODIs last season. While Yuvraj Singh and R Ashwin might also be strong contenders following their impressive performance over the last one year. Yuvraj's name might be nominated following his World Cup winning performance, as he was the man of the tournament of the mega event, who helped India lift the Cup after 28 years.
Earlier, there were reports about the Sports Ministry not informing BCCI about the awards and the last date for filing nominations.
While the BCCI had also blamed the sports ministry for not sending the official forms to nominate cricketers for this year's Arjuna and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards.
The Indian cricket board also admitted that it was busy with IPL 5, and could not nominate any cricketer for the awards this year, despite their World Cup triumph last year.
The Ministry had also said that it had sent the nomination forms to all sports associations, and when the list was released, BCCI was not included in it as they do not come under National Sports Federation (NSFs).
Now, with the Sports Ministry's compromise the last date for filing nominations till July 20, Indian cricketers especially Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, who are the front-runners as BCCI might nominate either of them for the Arjuna Award.