BCCI prez Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah to continue office until next court hearing in January 2021

Sourav Ganguly
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Former India captain, as well as, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, and joint secretary Jayesh George will continue their respective job until the third week of January as the Supreme Court would next hear the case of cricket reforms then. Notably, their tenures have ended. However, the court has also revealed on Wednesday that a “substantial number of” the 102 applications has also been attached with the case.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah. Image Courtesy: PTI

Meanwhile, the court has already evacuated the restraint on other courts from handling any kind of dispute which is linked to the BCCI and state cricket associations as well. In March 2019, the top court had also restrained all courts from hearing anything that linked to the board and state associations until the senior advocate P.S. Narasimha, amicus curiae and the SC-appointed mediator, had submitted his report on all the pending matters. The court, however, will be on their winter vacation from December 18 to January 1 and has ordered the present case to be listed next year in January.

“A substantial number of applications were disposed by the court today. Only some cases remains. The BCCI application seeking amendments to its constitution was not taken up today. The court asked the case to be listed in the third week of January,” Narasimha said to IANS.

Meanwhile, the BCCI will have their annual general meeting on December 24, and Sourav Ganguly, as BCCI president, would chair that meeting too, with Shah and George as they are still on their respective posts.

As per the new BCCI constitution made by a three-member SC-appointed Lodha Committee and approved by the apex court, every office-bearer – president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary, and treasurer have to go through a three-year cooling-off period after being in office for six successive years. However, it’s not mandatory to stay in one place as these six years can either be in the BCCI or it can be with a BCCI-affiliated association, or the tenures can also be a combination of both as well.

Notably, anyone can also come for another three years after the cooling-off period, that means the tenure will be of nine years. Overall, an administrator can be a part of the BCCI for nine years and another nine years at its affiliates as well.

“A large number of cases that were related to funds etc. have become infructuous while the court said that in the state cricket associations where the amicus curiae [Narasimha] had successfully mediated and helped them hold elections, like the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), were also disposed of,” said Narasimha after the hearing.

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