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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.

Ojha achieved World no. 5 as his career-best ranking in ICC Player Rankings and will be remembered as the first and one of the two spinners to ever win the Purple Cap in the Indian Premier League.

“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.

Ojha, who made his international debut in 2008, played professional cricket for 16 years. Despite not featuring in an international fixture since 2013, Pragyan was playing domestic cricket until 2019.

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