Former Indian women’s cricket team skipper Shanta Rangaswamy was on Monday nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women at the upcoming BCCI Awards.

Rangaswamy was a star of the Indian cricket team during her days and represented the country in 16 Tests and 19 ODIs. She will be the first lady to receive such a prestigious award.

Padmalkar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel have also been nominated for the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 by BCCI’s Committee of Administrators.

The BCCI press release said, “The committee consisting of Mr N Ram, Mr Ramachandra Guha and Ms Diana Edulji believed that BCCI needs to recognise the services rendered by Mr Goel and Mr Shivalkar who were not fortunate enough to play for India.”

While talking to media, Rangaswamy said, “It’s a good feeling that women cricketers are finally getting their due. Those days were tough but we were still able to lay a solid foundation for the future.”

“Ever since the BCCI took women cricket under its fold, things have significantly improved but there is still a lot that needs to be done,” she added.