The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) on Wednesday nominated former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha as its representative to the Indian Premier League Governing Council ahead of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 24.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will hold its 89th Annual General Meeting in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Earlier, former Indian cricketer, Surinder Khanna was the representative of the association. As per BCCI constitution, the ICA is needed to send a member to the IPL governing council every year.
“Yes, the ICA’s directors have nominated Pragyan Ojha to the IPL governing council. Surinder Khanna has done a very good job and we like to give the opportunity to everyone,” ICA president Ashok Malhotra told PTI.
Left-arm spinner Ojha took retirement from international and first-class cricket in February earlier this year. He last played for India in 2013 during Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test against the West Indies in Mumbai. In all, he featured in 24 Tests for India between 2009 and 2013 and has 113 wickets to his name.
The ICA, whose Board of Directors arrived at the decision after its AGM on December 19, also issued a press release in this regard.
“In the ICA AGM held on December 19, 2020, the members had authorized the Board of Directors to nominate the member to the IPL GC and the ICA Board, after due deliberations and taking into consideration any possible issues of conflict of interest, found in Ojha a suitable candidate to represent them. This nomination will hold good for one year,” the ICA stated in a release.
“The AGM conducted via video conference, touched upon the issues that had been raised by the ICA Representatives to the BCCI Apex Council to further the cause of ICA’s members.
The representatives as also the ICA office bearers had repeatedly raised the issue with the BCCI of increasing the gratis and medical reimbursement and include widows as also those who have played between 10 and 24 First-Class games for the same. The BCCI has also been requested to include domestic women cricketers in their gratis scheme,” the ICA said.