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ICC Confirms Process Underway For Election Of Next Chairperson

ICC Board on Monday confirmed that the process is underway for the election of its next Chairperson and is expected to be concluded by early December end. The process though, has started. It is being overseen by the Independent Chairman of the ICC Audit Committee. The first stage for the nominations which are to be made by current Board Directors will end on probably 18 October 2020.

As per the rules outlined in the ICC constitution, any nominee will then need to be seconded by another Board Director to become a candidate in the election. Potential candidates must be either a current or former ICC Director to be eligible.

The position of the ICC Chairman is lying vacant ever since the term of the previous chairman Shashank Manohar ended at the beginning of July. The position was held on an interim basis by Imran Khawaja.

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ICC, chairman. Image Credit: Twitter.

ICC’s Shashank Manohar Inflicted Damage Upon Indian Cricket: N Srinivasan

Niranjan Shah was critical of Shashank Manohar’s term at the helm of cricket’s governing body as according to him. He had damaged the reputation of Indian cricket. He was poorly received in Indian cricket circles.

“BCCI went through much turmoil in the last couple of years. And the ICC, during these years, took undue advantage to damage cricket in India and the BCCI in all possible manner,” Shah had told the Bangalore Mirror.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Upon stepping down, Shashankji must be having mixed feelings about what could have been done for the promotion of cricket at international level and what was done to Indian cricket during his tenure. In the relaxed phase, now he may evaluate his tenures.”

Shashank Manohar who is a cricket administrator apart from being a prominent lawyer twice served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, from 2008 to 2011, and from November 2015 to May 2016. He served as the chairman of the International Cricket Council from November 2015 to March 2017. On 24th March 2017, a resolution was passed to reinstate him as the chairman until a successor was elected.

ICC’s Shashank Manohar Criticized By N Srinivasan Too

Former BCCI president N Srinivasan too severely criticized Shashank Manohar for tarnishing India’s finances and hurting chances at ICC.

During Shashank Manohar’s presidency, India became the No 1 Test side & even won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup after a hiatus of 28 years. He was famous for suspension of the chairman of IPL Lalit Modi, who was vice-president of BCCI too during 3rd edition of IPL.

“Ever since the new leadership has come into BCCI, Shashank knew he could not afford to represent India and use that as a vehicle for his convenience. He knew he had no chance (to continue) and therefore he had run away,” Srinivasan had told TOI.

“My personal view is he has done so much damage to Indian cricket that every person involved in Indian cricket will be happy (with his exit).

N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“He has hurt India’s finances in the game, has hurt India’s chances at the ICC, he has been anti-Indian and has reduced India’s importance in world cricket. He is running away now because he knows he will not get any bow from the Indian leadership. He has caused huge damage.

“His exit is a relief to Indian cricket. Manohar could never stick around for a fight. In 2015, he left BCCI in the middle of its worst crisis. Now he is leaving the ICC in the middle of a pandemic. Personally, I am happy realising what has happened…that such a person is no more with the ICC,” he added.

N Srinivasan said Shashank Manohar’s exit from ICC will make administrators of India happy besides elaborating the fact that he could not stick around for a long time and left BCCI and ICC in middle of turmoil.

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Shashank Manohar. Image Credits: BCCI
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Shashank Manohar Is The Reason BCCI Went Through Turmoil In The Last Couple Of Years: Ex-BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah

Ex-BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah has opened fire against Shashank Manohar, former ICC Chairman for causing a lot of harm to Indian cricket. Prior to this, former BCCI President, N Srinivasan had also stated that Shashank Manohar’s stepping down as the ICC Chief should be a matter of glory for Indian cricket as he has caused a lot of harm to the Indian cricket fraternity being the ICC head.

On Wednesday, the ICC said that Shashank Manohar stepped down from the role of ICC chairman after two 2-year tenures at the top job. The ICC Board met and agreed that Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar

Now, former BCCI Secretary, Niranjan Shah has openly criticized Manohar for his approach towards Indian cricket while staying on the illustrious chair for a couple of years.

Niranjan Shah Lashes Out At Shashank Manohar

“Shashank Manohar stepping down as Chairman of ICC was rather obvious. Shashankji must be having mixed feelings from what could have been done for the promotion of cricket at international level and what was done to cricket of India during his tenure,” Shah said.

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Niranjan Shah ({Photo Source: BCCI)

“In the relaxed phase now he may evaluate his tenure as Chairman of ICC and also as of BCCI that has been the platform. He may appraise what damage was done to Indian cricket and BCCI during his tenure; forgetting that cricket and cricket fans of India have given utmost popularity to the game; and also how much revenue and fame cricket of India has brought to the world of cricket,” he said.

Shashank Manohar Is Responsible For BCCI’s Turmoil In The Last 2 Years: Niranjan Shah

Shah further stated, “BCCI went through much turmoil in the last couple of years. And ICC during these years took undue advantage to damage cricket of India and BCCI in all possible manner. However, I am fully confident that present strong and worthy leaderships of BCCI shall have strong, beneficial and constructive representation and initiatives at ICC.”

Shah welcomes advisory to state associations on T20 tourneys
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The BCCI has been in a tussle with Shashank Manohar ever since he was appointed the ICC chief 2 years ago. Shashank is accused of limiting India’s share of revenue in ICC’s total revenue. While the ICC adopted the Big Three model during the tenure of Srinivasan as ICC chairman, Manohar’s leadership cut down India’s share in the revenue model.

Recently, he was under tremendous fire for delaying a final call on the ICC T20 World Cup so as to hamper the IPL‘s proceedings even after Australia themselves stating that they are not in a position to hold the multi-nation tournament this year.

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Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Getty Images)
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Niranjan Shah Feels Disappointed Not To See Cheteshwar Pujara In The Grade A+ Contract

Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released the Annual Player Contracts for the 2018-19 cricket season. The former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah feels disappointed not to see Cheteshwar Pujara in the A+ list.

There are four different grades in the present national team contract. While Grade A+ offers INR 7 crore, the Grade A, B and C offer INR 5 crore, INR 3 crore, and INR 1 crore respectively. According to the latest contracts, only the skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are in the Grade A+ contract.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who was in the massive form during the last Test series in Australia, retains his place at Grade A. However, Niranjan Shah is not happy to see Cheteshwar Pujara in the Grade A list. The former BCCI secretary believes that Cheteshwar Pujara deserves to earn the A+ contract. He feels that it is highly unfair for Test cricket.

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Niranjan Shah (Image Credit: BCCI)

Recently, Niranjan Shah commented, “It was disappointing not to see Pujara’s name in A-plus list. It’s highly unfair that Tests are not given importance by the COA. After enjoying such a fantastic season in international cricket, Pujara deserved to be in the A-plus bracket. The way the CoA is running the game in India, the less said the better.”

Cheteshwar Pujara was in remarkable form during Australia tour

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Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

While India won their historic Test series in 2018/19 Australia tour by the 2-1 margin, Cheteshwar Pujara played a crucial role for the national team. He was the leading run-scorer in that series as he scored 521 runs in seven innings with an average of 74.42. The young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was the second most run-scorer in that series as he scored 350 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara played a tireless cricket in that series. The Player of the Series award winner faced 1,258 deliveries in that series. In that series, he was very consistent with the bat. The right-handed batsman scored 123, 71, 24, 4, 106, 0 and 193 runs in that series. Apart from the Player of the Series award, he won two Player of the match awards in that series.

A Top BCCI official reveals why Cheteshwar Pujara is not in the Grade A+ contract

Cheteshwar Pujara, Niranjan Shah

Though Niranjan Shah isn’t happy about the present Annual Player Contracts’ list, one top BCCI official feels that there shouldn’t be any debate for this. He has also revealed why Cheteshwar Pujara is not in the Grade A+ contract.

Only the automatic choice players for all the three formats and the top 10 international ranked players are eligible for the Grade A+ contract.

The official told TOI, “I fail to see a reason for this debate. There was a template set last year after discussing with the team management. It was agreed upon that only those players who are automatic choices in all the three formats, and are ranked in the top 10, will be eligible for a Grade A-plus contract. This isn’t a subjective decision. Pujara still has an A grade contract, after all.”

At present, Cheteshwar Pujara is playing only Test cricket. The right-handed top-order batsman hasn’t played an ODI since June 2014, while he hasn’t made his T20I debut yet. He has played only five ODIs where he has scored 51 runs with an average of 10.20.

Niranjan Shah Unhappy after not Being Invited for NCA Meeting

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary has controversially not invited the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Chairman Niranjan Shah for a meeting of the NCA scheduled which is to be held in New Delhi on Friday (September 15).

It looks like the BCCI official is not willing to rile up the Committee of Administrators (CoA) who are hell-bent on ousting the ineligible officials, who are proving to be a roadblock in the implementation of the Lodha Panel reforms.

The CoA has already made its displeasure clear over Shah’s role in the administration, as he is disqualified from continuing in his role because he exceeds the age-cap of 70 set by the Lodha panel. And with the next Supreme Court hearing just a few days away, it seems Choudhary does not want to miff the apex court, as he refrained from inviting Shah to the meeting.

However, the decision has not gone down well with Shah who expressed his surprise over it and even asked the acting secretary to postpone the meeting. Shah is the only member of the NCA who has not been invited.

“Dear Amitabh, I’m surprised to learn that a meeting of the NCA Committee has been scheduled this Friday, and a notice for the same hasn’t been sent to me, even though I’m the chairman of the NCA, officially constituted by the BCCI. You’ll agree that as an acting secretary of the BCCI appointed by the Supreme Court and to comply with the duty of the BCCI’s procedural matters, notice for the meeting under reference should’ve been sent to me,” Shah said in the letter which has been accessed by the Times of India.

“As a chairman of the NCA committee, I hereby call upon you to postpone the aforesaid meeting and to inform all the members promptly. The rescheduled meeting may be held after giving ample time to all the members of the NCA committee, including me to prepare and contribute at the meeting. The omission of anyone and/or undue haste in holding such meetings would reflect lack of transparency, fairness and equity; especially in matters that would have a significant financial impact,” he added.

Meanwhile, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, Choudhary, former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar and Debasis Mohanty are likely to attend the meeting in the capital to discuss on building the new NCA premises on the land that has been recently granted to the board by Karnataka government.

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Karsan Ghavri. Credits: Twitter

Karsan Ghavri Writes To CoA About Open Flouting Of Lodha Reforms By Saurastra Cricket Association

The BCCI member’s adamant approach towards the implementation of Lodha reforms has been once against brought to notice by one of the top cricket administrators in the country – Karsan Ghavri.

The former Indian fast bowler is latest among the list of critics who have slammed the ignorance.

The Chief of Saurashtra cricket players’ association wrote a hard worded letter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) alleging that the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) is openly neglecting the Supreme Court order to adopt Lodha reforms.

“I write this letter to bring to your notice the SCA’s brazen violation of the SC order, both in letter and spirit. At a recent governing body meeting, the SCA members agreed on a few decisions which blatantly ignore Justice RM Lodha’s recommendations and disregard SC’s concerns about the damaging impact of the conflict of interest issue on cricket administration,” Ghavri, who played 39 Tests and 19 ODIS in the 1970s and 80s, has alleged.

“The SCA governing body in its May 27 meeting, recognised a players’ body whose president founder (Mahendra Rajdev) happens to be a governing body member and also a selector. If the SC had intended to give the players’ voice in administration, this SCA move has promptly managed to stifle it. It isn’t out of place to mention here that there hap pens to be another players’ body in Saurashtra which is registered by the charity commissioner. I, along with other ex-players, am a part of this recognized body.

The 66-year-old urged the COA to plan and make the body adhere to the reforms.

“In the background of this development, I plead to the CoA to put in place a robust and fair process by which an independent and a proactive players’ bodies be formed around the country. If it’s left to the state units to recognize the players’ body of their choice, the SC order’s purpose of giving cricketers a say in administration will be defeated,” Ghavri has written.

His point of dispute reflects the areas of discomfort which BCCI has already expressed. The apex cricketing board has shown reluctance to accept five particular reforms; those are – one state, one vote; definition of powers of appointed executives; size and constitution of the apex Council; age, tenure and cooling off period; and the size of the national selection committee.

Veteran cricket administrator Niranjan Shah, aged 70, is the currently the CEO of the association but he remains ineligible to hold any post in the state or BCCI level as per the Lodha reforms.

“In another move, the SCA governing body appointed 73-year-old Niranjan Shah as a chief executive. Shah has ruled the SCA over four decades, and stepped down as a secretary (in January this year), but courtesy his new, extra constitutional administrative role which he’s been offered, will continue to influence getting decisions in the region. This is not just a case of the SCA finding a loophole, but making a mockery of the SC order,” Ghavri alleged.

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Niranjan Shah ({Photo Source: BCCI)
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Niranjan Shah Appointed as the CEO of Saurashtra Cricket Association

Former BCCI President Niranjan Shah despite being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) is yet to accept the role. The experienced campaigner served as the President of SCA for over four decades before the Lodha Committee recommendations disqualified him from being part of the office anymore.

The Joint Secretary of the Saurashtra Cricket Association Madhukar Worah stated during their governing body meeting that Shah has been appointed as the CEO but he is yet to accept the role.

“Shri Madhukar Worah informed the governing body, after requesting Mr. Niranjan Shah to leave the meeting, as confirmed in earlier Governing Body meeting and Annual General Meeting, the appointment of Mr. Niranjan Shah as the chief executive. Mr. Worah informed the governing body that Mr. Niranjan Shah shall inform in due course feasible date to join as Chief Executive,” the official records of the meeting read.

Shah was disqualified from his post following the two recommendations made by the Lodha Committee- the age cap of 70 years and a total period of 9 or more years in the office. The SCA stated that the appointment of Shah as the CEO was done to neutralize the void left after the implementation of the Lodha Committee. The appointment was made to look after the ‘larger interest of the state association.’

“This is an option as per the SCA constitution but I haven’t accepted it at the moment. In the subsequent Governing Body meetings (after May 27) I have informed the house that I haven’t decided. But no court order prevents me from accepting the post,” Shah was quoted as saying by the Indian Express without dismissing the possibility of a return to the Saurashtra Cricket Association.

When asked that whether his appointment questions the spirit and dignity of the Supreme Court Shah said, “I don’t think so. Even if you see the Lodha Committee FAQs, there’s no bar. CEOs at many big companies are all above 70. So what! This also you see as a company.”

If Indian President Can Be Well Over 70, Why Can’t BCCI Administrators Work Beyond That – Niranjan Shah

The former President of Saurashtra Cricket Association, Niranjan Shah, has questioned if the President of Indian can work beyond the age of 70, then why BCCI administrators are barred from doing the job after crossing the age of 70,

“If the Indian president can be well over 70 years of age, why can’t the BCCI administrators work beyond that that age limit? I don’t understand this hue and cry over the age limit of the BCCI office-bearers. If our president (Pranab Mukherjee, who is 81) can work beyond 70, what is so wrong about BCCI officials working beyond that age limit. As long as you are fit, you can work even until the time you are alive. I call this age discrimination,” Shah told PTI.

If Indian President Can Be Well Over 70, Why Can't BCCI Administrators Work Beyond That - Niranjan Shah 1

His comments have come after the veteran cricket administrator was added in the committee formed by BCCI to study the critical points in the Lodha recommendations. Though he was not named in the Rajeev Shukla led committee earlier but has been added later in a controversial manner to oversee limited areas of the recommendations. (Read Here: Rajeev Shukla To Head BCCI Committee)

The committee is set to meet on July 1 to discuss the matter. Out of the most of the recommendations, the major area of the impasse is one vote-one policy, the age cap barrier and the cooling off period between the two successive terms. (Read Here: Niranjan Shah Added To BCCI Committee)

Shah as well said questioned ow can one bar Mumbai from voting, having contributed to Indian cricket from so long,

“Personally I am not against the one-state-one-vote. But how can you take away the voting rights of one of the oldest state associations in the country? The same applies for Mumbai cricket. They have done so much for Indian cricket. We have no problems with voting rights given to a new member but voting rights of West Zone should stay as it is a major contributor,” Shah added.

The committee will come up with its finding on July 10 in front of BCCI before the board submit an answer to Supreme Court of India when the hearing resumes on July 14. There can be a case when Supreme Court might take strong action against the board for not implementing the Lodha recommendations in toto.

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Niranjan Shah Invited To The New BCCI Committee

The Story:

The BCCI has set up a committee comprising of its own members to find and learn about “exceptional and extremely limited areas of difficulty” in the implementation of the Lodha reforms. The committee will provide suggestions for quick implementations of the guidelines to the court-appointed panel Committee of Administrators (CAC). The decision was announced in the recently conducted SGM.

The panel will be led by Rajiv Shukla and includes BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, vice-president TC Mathew, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, Nabha Bhattacharjee, the secretary of the Meghalaya Cricket Association, Jay Shah, the joint-secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association and Sourav Ganguly, president of Cricket Association of Bengal and the only cricketer out of the eight.

Also Read: (Petitioner Aditya Verma questions seven-member committee)

Niranjan Shah Joins The New Committee

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Niranjan Shah ({Photo Source: BCCI)

Former Saurashtra Cricket Association secretary Niranjan Shah has been added to the BCCI’s new committee. His inclusion, however, can cause come debate regarding two Lodha criteria – the age cap of 70 years for office bearers and the tenure cap of nine years with cooling-off periods in between. Shah may bring up the two facts, as he has already actively opposed those two reforms which the BCCI is unwilling to adopt.

But, it is understood that Shah was brought in as “an invitee” which means that he will be acting as a member but will not have any voting power.

“Now that Niranjan and N Srinivasan are on the same page, the opposition to the Lodha report at the SGM gained momentum,” a senior state association official from the south zone had told ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday.

Another official from the west zone said that Srinivasan had suggested the inclusion of a few members to the committee at the SGM. “Apart from Shah, he wanted the likes of Ranjib Biswal to be added to it”.

Debate Over The Age Criteria set To Occur

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Mumbai: The BCCI head-office in Mumbai. (PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar)

The first meeting will be held on July 1. The meeting coincides with a similar meeting that the Committee of Administrators has scheduled.

The board’s new committee has to submit its report on July 10, with the next hearing of the Supreme Court case involving the Lodha recommendations on July 14.

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Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara To Be Felicitated Ahead Of Start Of Rajkot Test

The Saurashtra Cricket Association (S.C.A) has decided to felicitate its Test cricketers as a mark of respect to their contribution to the nation and state just before the start of the historic Test between India and England at Rajkot. The list includes the players like Dhiraj Parsana, Karsan Ghavri, Yajurvindra Singh, Dilip Doshi Salim Durani and Jaydev Unadkat. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja are the other two players who will the part of the squad for the series and both will witness the history in making.

“These are the players who have played for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Vijay Rupani will felicitate them. We are also trying to make special merchandise to commemorate the first Test at Rajkot,” said the Vice-President of BCCI and current President of SCA, Niranjan Shah.

Earlier, SCA invited Prime Minister Narender Modi to be part of the first ever Test match to be played at Rajkot but it looks like the PM will not be able to make it to the event. Shah said that in Modi’s absence, Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, will felicitate the players.

This is a unique idea by S.C.A. to show respect to the players in whatever way they can. Surely, the might have taken inspiration from Delhi Government, who also organised a felicitation ceremony before the start of Kotla Test against South Africa last year. However, the ceremony was cancelled at last minute as the ceremony was organised by Delhi government and not the state Board. There was a news that BCCI sent an e-mail to DDCA not to allow any ceremony in playing area and hence, it got cancelled.

Reports also added some players had already made it to the ground and few were on their way when they were informed about the last minute cancellation.

However, this ceremony is organised by the state board with full authority from BCCI. This will be the first ever Test match that will be played in Rajkot at SCA Stadium. Visakhapatnam, Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai will host the succeeding four games.

England have already named their squad for the series whereas the Indian national selectors will table a meeting on Wednesday to select the 15-member squad for the five Tests.