Cricket Business : Is the BCCI currently functioning without it’s secretary !

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Is the world’s richest cricket association, the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) is functioning without its secretary in the Covid19 times ?
It will sound surprising but that is the reality currently with the Indian board. Jay Shah, the son of Amit Shah, the current home minister of the country does not hold the BCCI’S secretary’s post officially anymore.
 
Jay Shah’s six year term as office bearer completed

Shah was elected as BCCI’s secretary in October 2019. Before that he was serving as the joint-secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association since 2013 before he became an BCCI office-bearer. As per the RM Lodha commission recommendations on the basis of which the new BCCI constitution was inked, Shah has to ‘cool off’ for three years as he has completed six years as an office-bearer in either a state association or the Indian Board. As the period of 6 years have got completed in the first week of May, the BCCI secretary had to relinquish his post as per the new constitution.

According to a report in the Outlook, Shah has filed a petition in the Supreme Court to extend his tenure as the secretary of the Board. The report has quoted a a source in the know of things and claims that Shah sent an e-mail to the Supreme Court on Sunday.
 
For now, Shah no more holds the secretary post of BCCI officially. In absence of Shah, the treasurer of the board Arun Singh Dhumal suddenly is in forefront of all of the BCCI operations currently. Even while interacting with the media, it is Dhumal who has been releasing statements and doing all the talking on behalf of the board instead of the secretary.
In July – President BCCI, Sourav Ganguly will also be in the same boat like Shah

The issue is not limited to the secretary of the board, even the President BCCI Sourav Ganguly is also in the same boat. But unlike Shah, Sourav’s six year at a stretch with the state body and BCCI will lapse in July. Ganguly, served first as a joint secretary and then president of the Cricket Association of Bengal. Along with Shah, in October 2019, he was elected unopposed as the president of BCCI. Dada will also be completing six years either at a state body or BCCI in July.

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Shah and Ganguly were elected with the knowledge that they will not serve their full term of three years each as BCCI secretary and president, respectively. But at the Board’s 88th Annual General Meeting in December last year, the members unanimously agreed that Ganguly and his team should serve a full six years at the BCCI.

Report further suggests that the Shah’s petition will now test the Supreme Court’s mood. In earlier rulings, the apex court had tended to be lenient to the BCCI, much to the chagrin of Lodha, a former Chief Justice of India. Shah has apparently said in his petition that continuity will help BCCI at a time when cricket is facing a crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. If the Supreme Court upholds Shah’s appeal, it will also mean Ganguly could also enjoy a possible Supreme Court-mandated extension.

The entire cricketing world currently is reeling under the pain of Coronavirus. Under the current circumstances, the ailing cricket world  is looking up to BCCI to sail them through these difficult times. But back home, BCCI will miss on its own leaders if the Supreme Court judgement goes against them.