The Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI’s first AGM meeting on Sunday decided to seek the Supreme Court's approval to water down the administrative reforms on tenure cap for its office-bearers.
The decision to seek apex court's approval for dilution of tenure cap is aimed at clearing the path for an extended stint for Ganguly. As per the current constitution, an office-bearer who has served two three-year terms, either at the BCCI or at the state association, goes into a compulsory three-year cooling-off period. Ganguly, who took charge on October 23, was to vacate office next year but a dilution could see him continue till 2024.
The current dispensation wants the cooling off period to kick in only after the individual has finished two terms (six years), at the board and state association separately. The move, if approved, will also pave the way for Shah to get an extension as time left in his current tenure is also less than a year.
The BCCI first AGM meeting clears decks for extension of BCCI and Secretary tenure up to three years. "All the proposed amendments have been approved and will be forwarded to the Supreme Court (for its approval)," news agency PTI reported quoting a top official. Now BCCI waits for approval from Supreme Court.
BCCI also named secretary Jay Shah as its representative for the ICC chief executives' committee meeting. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was the Board's representative for these meetings when its administration was being handled by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). But with a full-fledged Board in office now, the role has gone back to the Secretary's position. "Whenever the meeting takes place, Jay will go," a top official said.
Besides, the BCCI decided to defer the appointment of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). "It will be done after the December 3 hearing in the Supreme Court," an official said. After Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Ganguly stepped down from the CAC owing to the Conflict of Interest clause in the new constitution, Kapil Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad appointed the men's team head coach. Ravi Shastri got an extension for the top job.
The CAC has been mired in controversies owing to allegations of conflict of interest, which prompted the three original members to resign. Both Rangaswamy and Gaekwad are now part of the apex council as representatives of the Indian Cricketers' Association.