I Have Not Thought About My Future: Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has stated that he has not thought about his future yet after the Supreme Court-led Lodha Committee made it clear that he is supposed to go under a three-year compulsory ‘cooling off’ period after June – to join as an official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or the state units.
“I have not thought about anything. We will see what needs to be done,” said Ganguly.
The Lodha panel mentioned seven points on the administrative reforms in cricket which seeks response from the state bodies that has already been made compulsory for the cricket governing body BCCI.
The Question Number seven in the FAQ (frequently asked questions) is related to the former left-handed batsman Ganguly, after his name was doing rounds for the BCCI’s top post.
According to the detailed response from Lodha Committee if properly interpreted – the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), President Ganguly could turn into the BCCI president for couple of months before going for a ‘cooling off’ period.
“If an individual has been an existing office bearer in a State/Member Association for 2 years, is he eligible to contest for the next elections without the 3 year cooling off period applying to him? If yes, what will be the term of his office?,” FAQ No. 7 stated.
After the nine-year in cricket administration, the post of the office bearer in state boards or units will become null and void according to new reforms from the apex body-led panel.
“If at the time of the election the existing office-bearer has not completed a period of 3 years, he is eligible to contest the election. However, he will not have a full term and will have to demit office immediately upon the continuous 3 year period being completed,” the response in the FAQ stated.
Since being elected as Joint Secretary of the state board, Ganguly has already enjoyed his tenure of over two years and six months.
“This is to avoid any potential abuse. For example, if there were no such bar, an office bearer could resign after 2 years and 9 months and then claim eligibility to stand at the next election 3 months later on the ground that a new term would commence,” it further added.
Earlier, Ganguly denied the reports of his resignation as a president of CAB when asked whether he left the post or not.
“I have not done so,” Ganguly replied.
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