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Ganguly-Shah to remain in office, SC hands N Srinivasan HUGE boost, Follow LIVE


BCCI Supreme Court Verdict: Ganguly Shah Hearing: BCCI AGM LIVE: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could be set…

BCCI Supreme Court Verdict: Ganguly Shah Hearing: BCCI AGM LIVE: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could be set for a major overhaul. With Supreme Court removing the 70-year age cap and amending the Cooling off period, Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah have got the mandate to continue for another three years in the BCCI. But the removal of age cap has made former board chief N Srinivasan the frontrunner to become BCCI’s representative to the ICC. Follow Indian Cricket LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday paved the way for its president Ganguly and secretary Shah to continue in office without having to serve the mandatory cooling-off period.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said that an office bearer can have a continuous tenure of 12 years which includes six years in State Association and six years in BCCI before the cooling-off period of three years triggers.

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BCCI Supreme Court Verdict: Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah to remain in office, SC hands N Srinivasan a HUGE boost, Ganguly Shah Hearing, BCCI AGM LIVE

While the lifting of the cooling-off period will allow the office-bearers to continue, there is a strong buzz in BCCI circles that there could be an election in the offing.

“In the BCCI, things can change on the floor of AGM. Till nomination papers are filed and scrutiny is done, you never know. It is too early to say what will happen post AGM. Yes, the current office bearers have got the mandate and everyone knew Lodha recommendations were flawed,” a senior BCCI official privy to the developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

So, will the office bearers be the same or will there be change post AGM?

While both Ganguly and Shah refused to offer any comments on the SC verdict, those tracking the developments said some changes in hierarchy can’t be ruled out, but in which form or shape isn’t clear.

Some of the questions that are doing the rounds include: Will we see Ganguly continue in the BCCI as its president? Or can we see him in the ICC? Will Jay Shah be elevated by the members of the BCCI as president? Or will the decision makers allow a promotion for Congressman Rajeev Shukla (MPs who are not ministers are allowed)?

BCCI Supreme Court Verdict: Ganguly, Shah to remain in office but SC hands N Srinivasan a HUGE boost ahead of BCCI AGM, ex-honcho favourite for ICC representation, Follow LIVE Updates

These are some of the questions that will be answered in due course of time. The answers will also dictate Srinivasan’s fate. It was Srinivasan, the tough as nails negotiator, who had made India powerhouse at the ICC Board Meetings during his tenure as chairman. The concept of ‘Big Three’ (India, Australia, England) getting the chunk of ICC revenue was mooted by Srinivasan but it didn’t actually take shape after he left office.

The Lodha recommendations did end his hopes of returning to global limelight but the Supreme Court green-lighting the amendment of age-cap and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s argument in front of the bench where he spoke about how these “old people” have more networking and negotiation powers has raised his hopes.

The ICC will have a new chairman in November, provided current incumbent, New Zealander Gregor Barclay refuses extension which he is entitled to.

BCCI Supreme Court Verdict: Ganguly, Shah to remain in office but SC hands N Srinivasan a HUGE boost ahead of BCCI AGM, ex-honcho favourite for ICC representation, Follow LIVE Updates

BCCI Supreme Court Verdict: Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah to remain in office, SC hands N Srinivasan a HUGE boost, Ganguly Shah Hearing, BCCI AGM LIVE

It is no secret that BCCI president Ganguly could have been a strong contender for the ICC top job before the rule change. A person filing nomination for chairmanship now needs to be either an ex-chairman/president or attend at least one ICC Board Meeting.

Apart from Ganguly, those from India who qualified for the ICC top job before the lifting of age-cap were Shashank Manohar (one term left) and sports minister Anurag Thakur. After the lifting of age-cap, decks are theoretically cleared for Srinivasan and NCP boss Sharad Pawar.

But, Pawar has no chance as of now and neither at this age will he be aspiring to again go to ICC headquarters in Dubai. Hence, Srinivasan’s name is doing the rounds.

But, what will be secretary Shah’s final call on Srinivasan’s elevation? Or, are there more surprises in store?

“Why do you forget that Brijesh Patel within the next couple of months will end his IPL chairmanship tenure as he is turning 70? Brijesh is a very able administrator. Also, while SC has allowed 70-plus people to represent India at ICC Meetings, where is it written that it has to be above 70? What if BCCI decides on Ganguly? Let’s wait and watch,” the source said.

BCCI Supreme Court Verdict: Ganguly, Shah to remain in office but SC hands N Srinivasan a HUGE boost ahead of BCCI AGM, ex-honcho favourite for ICC representation, Follow LIVE Updates

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