While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keenly awaiting for the Supreme Court verdict on the future of the BCCI officials Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah, IPL spot-fixing petitioner and the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) Aditya Verma has clarified that he has no objection if their cooling-off period gets cancelled.
The former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly took up the President role of the BCCI in last October. He was unanimously elected for that post. Meanwhile, the former Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) joint secretary Jay Shah also joined as the Secretary of the BCCI at the same time.
According to the BCCI’s new constitution, after spending six years in cricket administration (BCCI and state association combined), the office-bearers will have to face a mandatory cooling-off for three years. After completing this cooling-off period, they can return in cricket administration and run it for three more years.
According to the latest BCCI’s constitution, Sourav Ganguly-Jay Shah will have to face the cooling-off period after this month
Before becoming the BCCI officials, while Ganguly experienced the cricket administration roles for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Shah was in the cricket administration roles for the GCA. Shah also became a member of the finance and marketing committees of the BCCI in 2015. According to the BCCI’s new constitution, both Ganguly and Shah’s six years in cricket administration are going to end in this month.
The BCCI has appealed to the SC to cool down the cooling-off period of the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah and Joint-Secretary Jayesh George. The SC hearing on this matter has been scheduled on this Wednesday (22nd July).
Before this verdict, Aditya Verma has praised the present BCCI President. He feels that Ganguly is the best man to lead the Indian cricket board. The CAB secretary has also confirmed that they will have no objection if Ganguly’s cooling-off period gets cancelled.
Verma told PTI, “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. Therefore on behalf of CAB, I will not have an objection if Dada is allowed to continue as BCCI president. Out of his nine months, four months have already been lost due to coronavirus and any administrator needs time to implement plans and policies.”