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Will Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah continue to hold top BCCI posts?

Vivek Mishra
Vivek MishraSep 15, 2022 | 10:09

Will Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah continue to hold top BCCI posts?

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly (L) and board Secretary Jay Shah. (Photo: Reuters)

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah can retain their positions in the board. The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed amendments proposed in the BCCI constitution about serving the mandatory three-year cooling off period between two terms.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli allowed the BCCI to make the changes in its rule book. "We are of the considered view that the amendment would not dilute the original objective. We accept the proposed amendment," the bench said.

"Amendment proposed by the BCCI does not detract from the spirit of our original judgment and is accepted," ANI reported the SC bench as saying.

 

What are the changes? The Board of Control for Cricket in India had sought relaxation of the cooling off period for its office bearers that could enable Ganguly and Shah to continue in office as President and Secretary for a second three-year term beyond September 30, 2022, reported PTI. Ganguly and Shah have been holding the top positions in the Indian cricket board since October 2019.

The court agreed to tweaking the existing rule on the cooling-off period by allowing an office bearer to hold office for two terms at one place, the state cricket associations or BCCI reported ESPNCricinfo. This will mean that former Indian cricket team captain Ganguly and Shah can now serve an additional term at the BCCI. Both of them had already served one term each at the state cricket boards and the BCCI levels.

What did the SC say? The SC bench said that an office bearer can have continuous tenure of 12 years which could include six years in a state cricket association and six years in the BCCI before the three-year cooling off period comes into play.

The apex court also modified a clause with respect to the bar on the ministers, public servants or persons holding public offices from contesting BCCI elections and removed "persons holding public offices" from the ambit of disqualification, reported PTI.

The old rule: According to the earlier rules in the BCCI constitution,  an office bearer had to undergo a three-year cooling off period between two consecutive terms in either the state cricket association or the BCCI or both. Ganguly has already served as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) while Jay Shah was an office bearer in Gujarat Cricket Association since 2013.

According to the earlier rules in the BCCI constitution, an office bearer had to undergo a 3-year cooling off period between consecutive terms. (Photo: Reuters)

Is it certain that Ganguly and Shah will hold their posts? Ganguly's continuation as the BCCI President is subject to having the backing of the state cricket boards, with an element of uncertainty looming over his second term, but board Secretary Shah has no such worries as he has the backing of all the states, reported Cricbuzz.

"Till nomination papers are filed and scrutiny is done, you never know. It is too early to say what will happen post AGM. Yes, the current office bearers have got the mandate," a senior BCCI official told PTI.

Sourav Ganguly refused to comment on the SC order. (Photo: Reuters)

Ganguly tight-lipped: When asked about the SC order allowing BCCI to amend its rule book, Ganguly told India Today that he doesn't want to comment on it. "It's the Supreme Court's decision. What they have thought is good they have given in the order. I won't comment on it," Ganguly said.

Last updated: September 15, 2022 | 12:10
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