According to the Lodha reforms, Jay Shah’s six-year term in office is said to be over and he should go into a cooling off. As per the Lodha reforms, a three-year cooling-off is mandatory after the completion of six years in office – state association and the BCCI combined. Shah was an office-bearer at the Gujarat Cricket Association before coming to the cricket board in October last year.
Soon after the dispensation led by Ganguly and Shah took charge last October as elected office-bearers after the board was managed by a Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators for nearly three years, the BCCI started an apparent effort to dilute the apex court-directed administrative reforms. During its annual general meeting in December, the BCCI passed several resolutions that were allegedly contrary to the spirit of the reforms.
Interestingly, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) filed an interlocutory application in the apex court on July 4 requesting that it be excused from nominating a representative to the apex council of the BCCI and state associations. The application is also set to be heard on Wednesday. If the court recuses the CAG from the apex council, it will result in modifying the entire apex council structure. At the moment, the BCCI apex council consists of nine members: five office-bearers, a councillor, one male and female cricketer representative each, and the CAG nominee.
IPL spot-fixing case petitioner Aditya Verma on Tuesday said his lawyers “won”t oppose” a cooling-off period waiver for BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary when the matter is heard in the Supreme Court.The apex court is set to hear on Wednesday a BCCI plea to modify its constitution and enable the duo of Ganguly and Shah to stay on in their positions instead of going on a mandatory cooling-off period.
Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Verma is the original petitioner in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, which led to the apex court forming the Lodha Panel, which recommended sweeping constitutional reforms in the world”s richest cricket board.
According to the BCCI”s new constitution, a cooling-off period of three years is mandatory after serving for six years as an office-bearer in either a state association or the Board.
Ganguly and Shah took charge of the BCCI last October with only nine nine months left for their cumulative six years in the state and national unit to get completed.
Verma reasoned that the duo of Ganguly and Shah is needed for the Board”s stability.
“I have always maintained that Sourav Ganguly is the best man to lead BCCI. I believe Dada and Jay Shah should get a full term to again stabilise BCCI,” Verma told PTI.
“Therefore on behalf of CAB, I will not have an objection if Dada is allowed to continue as BCCI president,” Verma said.
“Out of his nine months, four months have already been lost due to coronavirus and any administrator needs time to implement plans and policies,” he added.
Ganguly completes his six years by the end of this month while Shah is understood to have completed it.
The former India captain earlier held positions in the Cricket Association of Bengal while Shah was a joint secretary in the Gujarat Cricket Association.