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BCCI nominates Rahul Dravid for Khel Ratna award

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Updated: Monday, July 9, 2012, 12:43 [IST]
 
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Dravid nominated for Khel Ratna

New Delhi, Jul 9: The Wall of Indian Cricket, Rahul Dravid has been nominated by BCCI for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest honour in sports.

"We will be forwarding the names of Rahul Dravid for Khel Ratna Award and Yuvraj Singh for the Arjuna Award next week (to the government)," BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said.

Having nominated Yuvraj Singh for the Arjuna award following the flamboyant batsman's contribution (15 wickets and 362 runs) during the World Cup last year, BCCI recommended Rahul Dravid's name for the highest honour in sports, Khel Ratna after the last date for filing nominations was extended by the Sports Ministry.

Yuvraj Singh, after launching YouWeCan foundation at New Delhi on Saturday said, he was lucky to be nominated for the prestigious award.

"It's an honour that BCCI has nominated my name for the Arjuna Award," Yuvraj said. "This is the second time that my name has been nominated and I hope that I am lucky enough to get it."

After Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni, Dravid will be the third cricketer to be awarded this prestigious award. Having been a recipient of the Arjuna award in 1998, the third highest run-scorer in Tests has been nominated for this prestigious award.

Dravid, who announced his retirement from international cricket in March 2012, has maintained an iconic status throughout his international career which spanned 16 years.

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Story first published:  Monday, July 9, 2012, 12:41 [IST]
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