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.
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.
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.