BCCI AGM resolves to seek SC nod for full terms to Ganguly, Shah

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s General body has approved key resolutions which if approved by the Supreme Court will ensure full three-year terms for Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah and yet again vest powers to amend the BCCI’s Constitution in the general body.

The BCCI will approach the Supreme Court for an approval to relax the clause that puts a cap on the tenure of the office-bearers. The second resolution if approved by court will vest in the BCCI AGM power to make amendments to the body’s constitution with a 75% vote, without further seeking the nod of the apex court which had forced Justice Lodha Committee-recommended norms in the governance of the cricket’s administrative body.

The Sourav Ganguly-led Board of Control for Cricket in India general body in two important decisions has decided to seek the Supreme Court’s approval to water down administrative reforms on tenure cap for its office-bearers and named secretary Jay Shah as India’s representative for the International Cricket Council chief executives’ committee meetings.

The decisions to seek apex court’s approval for dilution of tenure cap, which is aimed at clearing the path for an extended stint for Ganguly, and appoint Shah for the ICC meet were taken at the board’s 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on Sunday.

“At the end of the day, the court will decide,” Ganguly said in the Press conference after the AGM.

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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.

Shah was named India’s representative to attend future meetings of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executives committee. That spells an end to the practice of the BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri attending the ICC meetings. 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.

However, the Board has not yet decided on its representative for the ICC board meetings.

Besides, the BCCI decided to defer the appointment of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

“We will form CAC and we met (Obudsman) Justice D K Jain. Me and VVS (Laxman) were cleared, we need to get proper clarity on what is conflict and and what is not,” Ganguly said. “The clause stops everyone, that’s why we can’t make the CAC. Conflict (clause) should only be for us.”

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.

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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. It is the CAC’s prerogative to appoint the selection committee.

The Board also wants the court to keep out of future decisions on constitutional amendments and has proposed that a three-fourth majority at the AGM be enough to take a final call.

The officials believe it is not “practical” to take the Supreme Court’s approval for every amendment, which is a must as per the existing constitution.

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