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Former India Women Team's Skipper Diana Edulji Declines BCCI's Lifetime Achievement Award

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| April 29 , 2018 , 17:04 IST

The former India Women team's skipper and  Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) member, Diana Edulji has refused to accept the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, announced by BCCI on Saturday.

After Diana refusal, her once-teammate Sudha Shah has been finalised as the new recipient of the award. On the same day, Indian cricket board made the list of honourees public, Diana refused to accept the award through an official statement clarifying her reason.

"Since I am a member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee of administrators of the BCCI, I do not think it is appropriate for me to accept this honour at this juncture," Edulji stated confirming that no member of CoA was a part of the Awards committee.

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"I have discussed my decision with my family, friends and well-wishers who wholeheartedly support my decision not to accept the award during my tenure as a member of the CoA," she affirmed while thanking the members of the committee for considering her worthy of this prestigious honour.

The 62-year old was nominated by a three-member committee comprising BCCI acting president CK Khanna, the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and journalist N Ram, for a career that spanned from 1976 to 1993 during which, she played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs.

Reports suggest that Edulji has declined the award due to growing tension between BCCI members and the CoA. On the related note, Pankaj Roy will be posthumously awarded in the men’s side for 2016-17 whereas Anshuman Gaekwad will be awarded for 2017-18.