The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to send the names of ODI women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj and Ravichandran Ashwin for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. While the names of KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shikhar Dhawan will be included in the Arjuna Award.
Speaking to news agency ANI, a BCCI source said, "After a very long discussion, we have decided to send the names of Ravichandran Ashwin and women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj for the Khel Ratna Award. We have included Dhawan's name again and have recommended KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah for the Arjuna Award.
A few days ago, the Sports Ministry had decided to extend the application date for the National Sports Awards 2021. Earlier, the last date for submission of forms for the National Sports Award was June 21.
The Sports Ministry had invited applications for the National Sports Awards on May 20. Thereby, eligible athletes, coaches, universities and other institutions were asked to self-nominate and apply online for the second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic.