Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday clarified that the Punjab govt withdrew his nomination for this 12 months’s as he does not are compatible within the eligibility standards for the rustic’s absolute best carrying honour. Amid hypothesis over the withdrawal of his nomination, Harbhajan sought to transparent the air. “I’ve been flooded with calls as to why Punjab Executive withdrew my title from . In actual fact I’m really not eligible for Khel Ratna which essentially considers the world performances in closing 3 years,” the 40-year-old cricketer tweeted.
“The Punjab Executive isn’t at fault right here as they have got rightly withdrawn my title. Would urge my buddies in media to not speculate.”
Punjab Sports activities Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi stated that his division withdrew the nomination handiest after receiving an electronic mail from Harbhajan, pointing out that he did not meet the eligibility standards for the award.
“We had strongly beneficial his nomination. However prior to it might move to the screening committee or scrutiny committee, he (Harbhajan) urged us to withdraw his utility,” Sodhi instructed PTI.
“I feel he should have noticed the newest standards which the federal government of India has for the Khel Ratna award and could also be one thing which he spotted that it can not occur or perhaps he’s pondering over making use of for another award. Every time he asks us, we will be able to suggest him as a result of he’s a most sensible sportsman and an excessively nice gentleman. Punjab sports activities division has no problems,” stated Sodhi.
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The cricketer had asked the Punjab sports activities minister to interfere on the time.
Harbhajan, who has 417 Take a look at and 269 ODI wickets respectively, is an Arjuna Awardee and used to be additionally conferred with the Padma Shri. He closing represented India in Take a look at and ODIs in 2015.