BCCI decides to seek Supreme Court approval to relax tenure reform
The decisions to seek apex court’s approval for dilution of tenure cap, which is aimed at clearing the path for an extended stint for Ganguly, and appoint Shah for the ICC meet were taken at the Board’s 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM).Updated: Dec 01, 2019 23:52 IST
The Sourav Ganguly-led Board Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in its first meeting after assuming office, took a host of decisions but the fate of most of them will depend on the Supreme Court. The BCCI is looking to mellow down the rule on cooling-off period of its office bearers in the new constitution and agreed to a few amendments at its Annual General Meeting on Sunday. While the members were in principle happy to bring in the amendments, some felt, it would not be legally prudent to pass a resolution without getting a hearing from the court.
The move is aimed at helping president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and joint-secretary Jayesh George to serve their full three-year tenures. As per the constitution, the office bearers have to go on a cooling-off period after a six-year stint in either the state or BCCI administration and there is less than a year remaining for Ganguly and Shah.
“With regards to the amendments, the thought is that for the (rules) that are not applicable, we will appeal for clarification. We have seen orders have been amended in the past. We want to respectfully bring (those) to the notice of the court. It’s a prayer,” Ganguly said after the meeting.
The BCCI also does not want the court’s involvement in future decisions on constitutional amendments and has proposed that a three-fourth majority at the AGM should be enough to take a final call. The officials believe it is not practical to take the Supreme Court’s approval for every amendment, which is a must as per the existing BCCI constitution.
Both Ganguly and treasurer Arun Dhumal, however, maintained that the BCCI was not against the reforms. “There were some (media) reports that BCCI wants sweeping changes. If you go through (amendments proposed) we are only trying to get some clarifications that will show us a way forward,” Dhumal said. “There are only certain things we have sought clarifications on. Six (amendments proposed) are very few and does not stop the running of the board,” said Ganguly.
The AGM has selected secretary Shah to be BCCI’s representative to Chief Executives Committee meetings at the International Cricket Council (ICC). Ganguly said the appointment of the BCCI representative at ICC’s general body would be made “in a couple of days”.
This could mean that the BCCI maybe keeping the position vacant for N Srinivasan for the time being, pending a favourable hearing from the Supreme Court, next week.
CAC AND SELECTORS
One thing which became clear from the AGM was that most of the cricketing decisions will be taken by Ganguly himself. The BCCI’s AGM authorised by the constitution to select the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), entrusted the task to the office bearers, saying “with a former India captain at the helm, it only makes sense that cricketing appointments are best left to him”.
“We will appoint the CAC in seven to ten days,” Ganguly said. The BCCI has been unable to find three suitable candidates for CAC with a number of former cricketers unwilling to take up the honorary post under stringent conflict of interest guidelines.
“We met the ombudsman DK Jain yesterday. We needed to get proper clarity on what is conflict of interest and what is not. We don’t want to appoint someone and he then gets cancelled like it has happened in the past,” Ganguly said. Ganguly was clear that “Laxman and Sachin may not even want to come on board” indicating that the new CAC may not be a star-studded one.
Ganguly said there would be a new chairman of selectors soon. “Those whose tenure is over is over,” he said. MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda were appointed in 2015 and their four-year tenure is over. Former chief selector Dilip Vengsakar, meanwhile, has emerged as a possible contender from West Zone and if the CAC agrees, he could be a strong candidate for the chairman of selectors’ post.
During Vengsarkar’s first stint as chief selector, Ganguly had made a comeback for the South Africa tour in 2006-07.
Following multiple arrests in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL), Ganguly said that there were integrity issues with state T20 leagues. Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president Roger Binny was also summoned for a meeting with the BCCI officials. “We have dealt with KPL. It’s on hold.
For Saurashtra and Mumbai, there have been no complaints, but there have been complaints with TNPL. We will put systems in place,” Ganguly said, adding: “It’s hard to stop tournaments. Even in Mushtaq Ali Trophy, a player was approached. Some cases have gone to the next level. We are dealing with it. We will try to make it stronger.”