Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah keep as SC lists case in Jan

New Delhi, December 9

The Supreme Court today disposed of a “substantial number” of interlocutory applications, filed by state cricket associations, in the cricket administration reforms case. But a ruling on the continuation of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and joint secretary Jayesh George, whose terms have got over, was deferred to next year.

BCCI has filed an application in the top court seeking crucial amendments to the Supreme Court-approved constitution, framed by an SC-appointed Lodha Committee. The court today listed the case in the third week of January. “A substantial number of applications were disposed by the court today. A large number of cases that were related to funds have become infructuous while the court said that in the state cricket associations where the amicus curiae had successfully mediated and helped their hold elections, like Karnataka, were also disposed of,” amicus curiae PS Narasimha said.

“Only some cases remain, and the court asked these to be listed in the third week of January. The BCCI application seeking amendments to its constitution was not taken up today,” he said.

It means that Ganguly, Shah, and George would continue in the chair into 2021, despite their terms having got over in the past few months. Interestingly, BCCI will have its Annual General Body Meeting on December 24, and Ganguly would chair that meeting.

The new BCCI constitution makes it mandatory for its office-bearers — president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary, and treasurer — to go into a three-year cooling-off period after being in the chair for six consecutive years, either in BCCI or its affiliate state associations, or a combination of both. After being elected BCCI president on October 23 last year, Ganguly had only 278 days to remain as BCCI chief as his previous tenure at the Cricket Association of Bengal was added to his BCCI term. So, his BCCI term effectively ended on July 26, 2020. — IANS

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