The tenure of Sourav Ganguly as the President of BCCI will end on July 26 while Jay Shah’s tenure as secretary has already ended. The lawyers of BCCI will make their plea in the Supreme Court to allow them the extension, as in the pandemic situation they cannot hold elections and the cricket board can’t be left without officials especially when they are planning to resume cricket activities in India. BCCI is looking forward to going ahead with their schedule for IPL, India’s tour of Australia, and then domestic cricket.
The Cricket Association of Bihar will stand in favour of extending Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah’s BCCI duties. The matter will go before a two-judge bench in Supreme Court on Wednesday.
BCCI has filed two petitions, one in December and the other in April – seeking several amendments that were recommended at its AGM last year.
The major amendment was to retain Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah in office until 2025, thereby bypassing the time of cooling-off, as required by the new constitution.
Among the other amendments adopted last year by the BCCI general body were the modification of disqualification criteria, granting the BCCI secretary more authority, no court intervention if the board wants to change its constitution.
Any decision on the BCCI’s prayers would mean that the Supreme Court should reverse its own judgment. But the order has to come from a bigger bench for this to happen. A three-judge bench passed the reform order, and a hearing on Wednesday would be before two-bench judges.
With the resignation of BCCI’s CEO and General Manager Cricket Operations, the Board is now desperate to not lose more officials to tenure cap in the middle of this pandemic.