The Indian cricket Board has convened a Special General Body Meeting on May 22 in Mumbai to elect a new president after Shashank Manohar’s resignation to take over as the first independent chairman of the International Cricket Council.
The constitution of the Board requires an AGM to be held within 15 days of the exit of the incumbent president.
The Lodha Committee recommendations for reforms in the BCCI are set to dictate how this election goes. So far, Board secretary Anurag Thakur’s name is in the forefront.
However, there is talk that Thakur is reluctant to take up the post due to the challenges that await the Board if the Supreme Court orders the implementation of all the Lodha panel recommendations. IPL commissioner, Rajeev Shukla, and Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) secretary, G Gangaraju, are the others who are considered to be in the running for the post. There is also talk of appointing former India captain and current Cricket Association of Bengal president, Sourav Ganguly, as secretary if Thakur takes over as president.
Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke’s name is also being suggested for the secretary’s post. He is said to have the backing of Sharad Pawar, the former Board chief who is currently the Mumbai Cricket Association president.
It is learnt that Pawar may miss the SGM as he will be away in the United States from May 18 till the month end. The Mumbai association is set to convene its managing committee meeting to pick a representative for the SGM.
A lot of claims and counter claims are expected ahead of the SCM. Sources say changes to the shortlist are likely. With the Supreme Court verdict hanging over its head, members are in favour of an experienced administrator to take charge.
“If the Lodha recommendations are implemented, the next president is set to oversee its implementation. It is a sensitive task and needs to be handled with care. In such a scenario, someone respected and experienced has to lead the way,” a senior official said.