New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday recommended the names of Poonam Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah as nominations for this year’s Arjuna Award. Nominating players for the award was on top of the agenda list in the meeting led by GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim.

Among other important discussing factors was the matter of women’s head coach and its reference to the Ombudsman to take a call on the decision-making process.

This apart, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) also discussed the proposal of the prize money for new tournaments and guidelines for utilization of funds granted, as well as discussed the recommendation of ombudsman in the Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S Laxman matter. Speaking to IANS ahead of the meet, a senior BCCI official said that the nomination for Arjuna Awards will be decided on the basis of seniority. “We will decide on the nominees on the basis of their seniority. There will be both men and women cricketers who will be in the list that Karim presents,” the official said.

When asked if someone like K.L. Rahul – has played for the country in 34 Tests, 14 ODIs and 27 T20Is – could be considered after coming under fire for his inappropriate comments in a chat show, the official said: “It is a closed matter technically and there is no reason why he cannot be given the award for his contribution to the game after the ombudsman gave him a clean chit. But yes, timing is something that can definitely be debated.”

In the conflict matter concerning Tendulkar and Laxman, the official said: “It should be on the same lines like that with regards to Sourav Ganguly. The duo will be asked to make full disclosure and then permitted to continue in all likelihood.

(With Agency Inputs)