BCCI in Supreme Court to keep Sourav in charge for three years
The world of cricket has been discussing the possibility of Sourav Ganguly as the future chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for some days. However, Sourav himself is currently looking at his country’s board.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken the initiative to keep him as president for a full term of three years. The Indian board has approached the Supreme Court for this.
According to the current provisions of the board’s constitution, if a person is in charge of the state and central cricket bodies for two consecutive terms, then he must be in the ‘cooling off’ period of three years. Sourav was in charge of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for more than five years before taking charge of the BCCI. His term as BCCI president will end in June. The three-year ‘cooling off’ period is scheduled to start from July 1.
A committee headed by Justice RM Lodha added the clause to the constitution, which was approved by the Supreme Court.
Later on December 1 last year, at the BCCI’s annual general meeting, a draft amendment was made again. It said the cooling-off period would be effective only if the anyone was in charge of BCCI for two consecutive terms.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has now applied to the Supreme Court for final approval of the clause. The application states that those who made the previous rules of the ‘cooling off’ period had no experience in conducting cricket at the field level. This change is necessary for the greater good of cricket.