September 25, 2022
Implications of Supreme Court order: Discussion about BCCI elections but will the board elect Srinivasan as ICC representative?

Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah have got the mandate to remain in the BCCI for another three years, but it is former president N Srinivasan who comes under attention after the Supreme Court’s decision to allow amendments related to the age-limit of 70 years. have been in the centre. ICC representation. The Supreme Court on Wednesday paved the way for its president Ganguly and secretary Shah to continue in office without serving the mandatory cooling-off period. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said that an office-bearer can have a continuous term of 12 years which includes six years in the State Association and six years in the BCCI, which is triggered before the cooling-off period of three years. .

While the office bearers will continue after the cooling-off period is over, there is a strong buzz in the BCCI circles that elections may be held soon.

“In BCCI, things may change on the floor of the AGM. Until the nomination papers are filed and the scrutiny is done, you never know. It is too early to say what will happen after the AGM. Yes, the current office bearers got the mandate.” And everyone knew that Lodha’s recommendations were flawed.”

So, will the office bearers be the same or will there be a change after the AGM? Though both Ganguly and Shah declined to comment on the Supreme Court’s decision, those tracking developments said some changes in the hierarchy cannot be ruled out, but in what form or shape it is not clear. .

Some of the questions that are being discussed include: Will we continue with Ganguly as the President of BCCI? Or can we see him in the ICC? Will the members of BCCI promote Jay Shah as president? Or will the decision makers allow promotion for Congressman Rajeev Shukla (MPs who are not ministers are allowed)? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the times to come. The answers will also decide the fate of Srinivasan.

It was Srinivasan, the tough as nail negotiator, who made India a powerhouse in ICC board meetings during his tenure as chairman. The concept of the ‘Big Three’ (India, Australia, England) getting a share of ICC revenue was mooted by Srinivasan, but it didn’t really take shape after he stepped down.

Lodha’s recommendations put an end to his hopes of returning to the global spotlight, but the Supreme Court cleared the age-limit and an amendment to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s argument before the bench, where he explained how these “old people” She has more networking and negotiating powers raising her expectations.

The ICC will have a new chairman in November, provided the current incumbent, New Zealand’s Gregor Barkley, refuses the extension he deserves.

It is no secret that before the rule change, BCCI President Ganguly could have been a strong contender for the ICC top post. A person filing a nomination for the post of Chairman must now either be a former Chairman/Chairman or attend at least one ICC Board meeting.

Apart from Ganguly, India’s men who qualified for the ICC top post before the age-limit was raised were Shashank Manohar (one term remaining) and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. With the removal of the age limit, the way has been cleared in principle for Srinivasan and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

But, Pawar has no chance as of now nor would he be keen to visit the ICC Headquarters in Dubai again at this age.


That’s why the name of Srinivasan is in discussion.

But, what will be Secretary Shah’s final call on Srinivasan’s promotion? Or, are there more surprises in store? “Why do you forget that Brijesh Patel will end his IPL president’s tenure within the next few months as he turns 70? Brijesh is a very capable administrator. Also, the SC has given orders to over 70 people. Allowed to represent India in ICC meetings, but where is it written that it should be above 70? What if BCCI decides on Ganguly? Let’s wait and see,” the source said.

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