Sourav Ganguly to stay in-charge of BCCI for 3 years? AGM notice proposes various constitutional amendments
There were a lot of debates when former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was elected as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The debate continued when Jay Shah was named the BCCI secretary on the same day. Most of the fans and experts were concerned that what will happen when both Ganguly and Shah complete their second terms as BCCI office-bearers (Ganguly was the chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal while Shah was joint-secretary of Gujarat Cricket Association). However, it looks like those concerns are going to be put to bed soon.
Shah on Saturday sent out a notice for the upcoming 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) while jotting down the compulsory 12-point agenda mentioned in the existing constitution. The notice also proposed various constitutional amendments with proper explanations given for proposals.
As per a report in TOI, the notice was sent to every BCCI members on Saturday with an additional point that no members, except for the office-bearers, will be entitled to any TA/DA (Travelling allowance and Dearness allowance) for attending the AGM scheduled to be held in Mumbai. The AGM will be held at the BCCI headquarters on December 1 at 11 am.
One of the main pointers in the agenda calls for fresh appointments of ombudsman and ethics officer, new cricket committees including the Cricket Advisory Committee along with proposed amendments to the rules and regulations of the board.
The 12-point agenda further proposes that a 3/4th majority of the members at an AGM or SGM would be enough for amendments in rules and regulations.
Furthermore, one of the pointers proposes the change in existing rule that an office-bearer who has held any post for two back-to-back terms, either in BCCI or state association, shall not be eligible to contest any other election before completing the cooling-off period. The new proposal state: A president and secretary who has served in such a position for two consecutive terms in BCCI (not state association) shall not be eligible to contest without completion of cooling off.
“The cooling-off period applied finally in the BCCI Rules takes into account whether a person has held a post for six years in both the member association and BCCI. This restriction is proving to be a big blow to selecting talented and experienced hands. This also affects the continuity of the individual’s ability to serve in administration unnecessarily. Hence, cooling off can be restricted to BCCI and the member state respectively,” the amendment explainer states.
The above-mentioned proposal would allow BCCI president Ganguly and secretary Shah to complete their three-year terms in office after taking charge on October 23.