The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) annual general body meeting will be held on October 18 in Mumbai, along with elections for five office-bearer posts – president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer.
The notice for the AGM circulated to state associations also states that there will be election and induction of one general-body representative in the Apex Council and two general-body representatives in the IPL governing council. The BCCI is also going to appoint a representative to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The Indian Express had recently spoken to 15 state associations who wanted current board secretary Jay Shah to become BCCI president. In case Shah gets elevated to the top post, current BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal might be the new secretary. Former BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, who has completed his three-year cooling-off period, is also in the fray for an office-bearer’s post.
As per the BCCI’s constitution, the board’s AGM shall be held every year, not later than 30th September, at such place and time as the president fixes, while election and nominations need to be held every three years. The state associations have been asked to send representative names for the AGM and elections.
“At the moment we have decided to have the BCCI election on October 18. The election officer’s name will be made public in due course and he will call for candidates for Apex Council members for next three years,” a BCCI official said.
The BCCI had moved the Supreme Court in 2019 to amend its constitution, to which the apex court agreed upon in 2022. The Supreme Court in an order paved the way for BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to continue for another term in office and allowed the cricketing body’s request to make amendments to its constitution so as to modify the requirement for cooling-off period for its officials.
As per the amended constitution, Ganguly and Shah, if elected, are now eligible to hold office till 2025. Further, those who have been part of a state association for two consecutive terms will not have to undergo any cooling-off if they are contesting for a BCCI post and if elected, can continue to be in the BCCI for six years (two terms). However, if someone who has been a member of a state association for two terms wants to again contest for a state association, he/she will have to undergo cooling-off for three years. In effect, an individual can continue to remain in the state body and the BCCI together for an unbroken 12 years.