Jay Shah appointed president of Asian Cricket Council
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah was on Saturday appointed as the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Shah, 32, becomes the youngest to take charge of the post, taking over the reins from Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) chief Nazmul Hussain.
"I accept this honour and I thank my esteemed colleagues at the BCCI for nominating me and considering me worthy of this prestigious position. Formed with a view to organize, develop and promote the sport in the region, the ACC has steadily grown in stature. The ACC continues to foster healthy rivalry among some of the biggest cricket playing nations while it also takes the sport deeper into the smaller pockets. We must remain committed to this cause and ensure there is an all-round development in the region," Shah said in a statement released by BCCI.
"The pandemic has posed enormous challenges but history has shown that innovation often arises in periods of adversity and we must adapt and innovate to stay ahead. While I have noticed that most Boards have again started their cricketing operations with their senior team, the challenge still remains with women’s cricket and age-group cricket. The ACC has done pioneering work in both women’s cricket and age-group with the multiple tournaments it conducts across the year and we must build on this."
With BCCI president Sourav Ganguly undergoing angioplasty, Shah has filled in for the board chief and been stretching himself beyond the call of duty to make sure everything runs in order. Shah was instrumental in BCCI's decision regarding Indian cricket's domestic season in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Friday, Shah informed the state associations that after successfully organising the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, the BCCI is now set to host the Vinoo Mankad Trophy - U19 limited-overs tournament - along with Vijay Hazare and senior women's one-dayers.
"I congratulate Mr Jay Shah for being appointed the new ACC President. We have worked closely, and I am well aware of his plans and vision to develop the game of cricket. I have personally experienced the zeal with which he worked to bring a turnaround in Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and North-eastern states in setting up the cricketing infrastructure and setting up the ecosystem," BCCI chief Ganguly said in a statement.
"It is definitely a challenging phase, but I am confident he will successfully navigate the challenges posed by the virus. The BCCI will extend every help and will play a big role in rebuilding and restructuring of the cricketing activities in Asia."