Pragyan Ojha In The Spotlight: ICA Elections, IPL Governing Council, And BCCI Cricket News

Pragyan Ojha is going to fight the election for the IPL Governing Council to get the position of the ICA representative.  Due to health issues, the former Indian spinner was not able to file his nominatons for the ICA election. Vijay Mohan Raj, the former Hyderabad and Mumbai cricketer was the only candidate in the initial draft electoral list who was the ICA representative in the IPL Governing Council. 

However, as per the second addendum issued by the electoral officer recently, Pragyan Ojha has been added for being the second candidate in the IPL Governing Council. 

About Pragyan Ojha’s ICA Election

The ICA has nominated Pragyan Ojha to be the representative of the IPL Governing Council before the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting. He is going to replace Surinder Khanna, the former ODI wicketkeeper. The tenure for the post is 1 year. As the existing member’s tenure is going to expire, the ICA board has nominated Pragyan Ojha to this reputable post.

ICA mentioned in a release that in the ICA Annual General Meeting hosted on 19th December 2020 that the Boards of Directors were authorized by the members regarding the nomination of members to the ICA Board and ILP Governing Council post due deliberations and considering the viable matter of conflict of interest, noted in Pragyan Ojha who is a favourable candidate to represent them. The nomination will stand valid for one year. 

Joti has mentioned that Pragyan Ojha has stated emergency health problems with respect to sending nomination papers within the prescribed deadline. The representation was accepted by the Electoral Officer, upon investigation. In the last term, Ojha was the ICA representative to the IPL governing council, however, lately, he could not file his nomination for the election of ICA due to health issues. 

As ICA has stated, a video conference was led by the AGM and has highlighted the issues that the ICA representative has raised to the BCCI Apex Council to ‘further the cause of ICA’s members’. The representatives have raised issues of increasing medical reimbursements and gratis. It must include widows and players who have participated in between 10 to 24 First Class games. Even the BCCI urged the inclusion of domestic women cricketers in the gratis scheme. Besides Pragyan Ojha, Khairul Jamal Majumder and Brijesh Patel were chosen unanimously by the BCCI to be the other Governing Council members in the previous year. 

Ashok Malhotra, the ICA president has stated that there are 2000 members and they want to extend chances to more players. 

Arun Singh Dhamal has also filed nominations for the ICA election. He is all set to lead the unit along with Avisekh Dalmiya. After the ICA election is over and results are announced, the elected representative of the ICA (Indian Cricketers’ Association) will be inducted into the Governing Council of IPL. 

Pragyan Ojha is among the two spinners who have won the Purple Cap in the IPL. In the ICC player rankings, he has got world no.5. It is his career-best ranking. He made his international debut in 2008. Since 2013, he had not been featured in the international fixture, however, until 2019, he played domestic cricket. Between 2008 to 2013, he played around 24 test matches, 18 ODIs, and 6 T20 matches. Though Ojha could not be in the national team for a long time, he had an illustrious career and he has been considered to be the right candidate to represent the Indian Premier League’s Governing Council. 

When did Pragyan Ojha announce retirement?
Pragyan Ojha, the left-arm spinner has announced retirement from all the formats of the game in 2020. 
What is the net worth of Pragyan Ojha?
As of 2023, the net worth of Pragyan Ojha is estimated to be between $1 million - $5 million. 
When and where was Pragyan Ojha born?
Pragyan Ojha was born on 5th September 1986 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He shifted to Hyderabad when he was 13 years old.