Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha was nominated as the representative of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) to the IPL governing council on Wednesday.
The AGM is scheduled to be hosted at Ahmedabad on Thursday and important decisions regarding the IPL are supposed to be taken in it.
The ICA was previously represented by Surinder Khanna. As per the BCCI constitution, the ICA needs to send a representative name every year to the council and Ojha has been picked as the member for this year.
The Board of Directors of the ICA arrived at their decision after their AGM on December 19 and they also issued a press release regarding this.
“The members had authorised 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 the 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.
Brijesh Patel and Khairul Jamal Majumdar, who were unanimously chosen by the BCCI last year, will be the other members of the IPL governing council along with Ojha.
The left-arm spinner retired from international and first-class cricket earlier this year in February. The 34-year-old has played 24 Test matches for India, in which he has picked up 113 wickets. Incidentally, his last Test match was Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test against the West Indies in Mumbai, in 2013. Ojha played 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is as well in which he picked up 21 and 10 wickets respectively.