In the upcoming BCCI Annual Awards Ceremony 2016-17, three senior cricketers are being selected to be awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award. The former players are Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shilvalkar and Shanta Rangaswamy. Goel and Shilvalkar were spinners and Rangaswamy is a women cricketer. Colonel C.K. Naidu Awards Committee decided the awardees. The committee consists of N. Ram, Ramchandra Guha and Diana Edulji. Per the committee, the contribution of Goel and Shivalkar to Indian cricket must be recognized even if the players did not play with the national team.
Goel and Shivalkar are among the best players of India who were not fortunate enough to represent the country. In first class cricket Goel had 750 wickets that included 637 dismissals in Ranji Trophy alone. Shilvalkar had a tally of 589 wickets playing only 124 first-class matches.
On the other hand, Shanta Rangaswamy is the first India Women cricketer to score a 100 back in 1977. The match was against New Zealand in Dunedin. The player also headed the national team in 12 games. She was with the team for 15 years. Rangaswamy was also accoladed with Arjuna Award. From 2003 to 2006, she was the selector of the women team following which, she became the coach of the team.
Goel was glad to be awarded and said that it was his pleasure. He however, added that the message has not been passed official yet. The former player has retired from cricketer. Shilvakar coaches young cricketers in Mumbai. Several players of the current Mumbai team are training under him. Two other players, Vaman Viswanath Kumar and late Ramakant Desai are nominated for BCCI Special Award for their services to Indian cricket. Former wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer will present the awards.
BCCI has been conferring the awards since 2006. The awardees are presented a trophy and money. In 2024-15 session, CK Naidu Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Syed Kirmani. He won a trophy and rupees 2.5 million.
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