Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla is reportedly going to be the next vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). During the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 24 in Ahmedabad, BCCI is likely to select him while Brijesh Patel will continue as IPL chairman for a second term.
According to reports in Indian Express, the Indian cricket body won’t have formal elections this time around as they have reached a consensus on Shukla and the latter will be filing for the nomination on Thursday. The BCCI Electoral officer has cleared Shukla’s name but the paper states that he hasn’t considered Shukla’s term as IPL chairman to decide the cooling-off period as it was considered by the board in the aftermath of the Lodha Committee recommendations a year ago.
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Rajeev Shukla, who is a Congress stalwart and a former journalist, has overseen key administrative positions as far as the game of cricket is concerned. He served in the position of IPL chairman in 2018 and was also Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association(UPCA) chairman till 2017.
Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Jay Shah has asked all the members to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test for Covid before coming to Ahmedabad for the AGM. The board will test them again in Ahmedabad before they are allowed to attend the meeting.
Currently, Team India is playing the first pink-ball Test against Australia in Adelaide. They are already two down in the first session of the ongoing Test match. Prithvi Shaw was out for a duck off Mitchell Starc’s bowl while Mayank Agarwal was sent back hut in the 19th over as Pat Cummins bowled a beauty to take the bails off. As of now, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are on the field and India has high hopes from them.