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BCCI: Will Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah continue?

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The suspense on whether Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah will continue as BCCI president and secretary will continue for a while. The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred the hearing in the petition filed by the BCCI seeking an amendment in the board’s constitution so that Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah can continue as office bearers of the board till 2025.

Notably, Sourav Ganguly’s term as the board president comes to an end on July 27, whereas the term of Jay Shah as secretary has already ended.

BCCI has approached the Supreme Court twice since December 2019 seeking an amendment in the board’s constitution. The amendments, if approved, will undo some of the major suggestions of the Justice RM Lodha Committee. The committee had prescribed a mandatory ‘cooling-off’ period of three years. The cooling-off period is applicable after serving six years as an office-bearer in either a state cricket association or the BCCI.

Both Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah have earlier held positions in state cricket associations. While Sourav Ganguly was the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Jay Shah was a joint secretary in the Gujarat Cricket Association.

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Sourav Ganguly, a former India captain, and Jay Shah, the son of Union home minister Amit Shah, had taken charge in BCCI in October 2019 after getting elected unanimously.

Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma, who is also a petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing case, has clarified that his lawyers will not oppose a cooling-off waiver for BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah when the matter will be heard in Supreme Court.

Aditya Verma has also said that Sourav Ganguly is the best man to lead BCCI. He added that Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah should get a full term to again stabilise BCCI.

Meanwhile, there are also rumors of Sourav Ganguly’s name being proposed for the post of president in the International Cricket Council.

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