The Board of Control for Cricket in India on 27th April 2019, recommended women’s team leg-spinner Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award 2019. According to IANS, the supreme court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in New Delhi to discuss the names. GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim proposed the names of four cricketers and Yadav is one among them.
Of late, Poonam Yadav has been a consistent performer for the Indian women's cricket team. She made her debut for the Indian team in April 2013 in T20I against Bangladesh and since then she has played 54 T20s, 41 ODIs and one Test for the country. As of now, she has taken 140 international wickets and has taken four 4-wicket hauls in ODIs and two in T20Is. Currently, the 27-year old spinner is among the top 10 bowlers in women's cricket.
Arjuna Award is a prestigious honour bestowed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in order to recognise outstanding achievement by the athletes. Earlier to this, opener batter Smriti Mandhana won the award in 2018.