BCCI apex council meeting: No concrete decisions made

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In a meeting that lasted over four hours, it is understood that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s apex council made no concrete decisions about the Future Tour Program of the Indian team – men’s or women’s – and the domestic cricket schedule.

The council agreed that no domestic cricket could be played before December, with the decision on the format for the Ranji Trophy being deferred. However, as per reports in The New Indian Express, it is believed that the BCCI is thinking of holding a women’s tournament in November if the situation is conducive.

Dubai, Ahmedabad and Dharamsala are being considered as venues for a potential training camp for the national team. There is, however, no news about the proposed women’s tri-series in England scheduled to be held in September.

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The council decided it is best to wait for government guidelines before making a concrete decision on the fate of domestic and international cricket in the country.

One of the reasons no concrete decision was made during the meeting on Friday (July 17) is because of the issue surrounding the legality of the meeting. As reported earlier, according to the administrative reforms suggested by the Supreme Court, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah – whose tenure ended at the start of the month – is meant to have vacated his position, while Sourav Ganguly, president of the BCCI, is supposed to give up his seat at the end of the month. Both are required to serve a cooling period of three years.

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In a letter last week, the Comptroller & Auditor General nominee Alka Rehani Bharadwaj said only “eligible” members should attend the meeting. It is understood that she raised an objection when Shah acted as convener of the meeting.

However, since BCCI have filed a petition in the court – and are yet to receive a response, it was informed to Bharadwaj that the office bearers could continue to hold their positions.