Alka Rehani Bhardwaj, the CAG nominee in the BCCI’s Apex Council, asked the body to discuss the reconstitution of the council during its meeting on July 17, the PTI reported.
“….in view of pending Honourable Supreme Court hearing on cooling off period clause, the reconstitution of Apex council warranted due to ending/ coming to end of tenure of Vice President/ Secretary/President BCCI needs to be kept as an Agenda item,” Bhardwaj wrote in an e-mail to the Council members ahead of the meeting.
As per the new BCCI constitution all office-bearers need to go into a mandatory cooling-off period after two consecutive terms at the state association/board or both combined. The BCCI has sought term extension for its President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah and Joint-Secretary Jayesh George. Shah has reportedly completed his tenure and Ganguly’s mandatory cooling-off period is set to start on July 27.
“…The President/Joint Secretary BCCI [who would be presumably officiating as Secretary after vacation of Secretary BCCI post] need to also ensure that fourth Apex Council meeting is attended by only members, eligible as per the Constitution,” Bhardwaj added in her e-mail.
“Any decision on this matter may please be backed by facts and endorsed legally. This is being reiterated only to ensure compliance with Honourable Supreme Court approved Constitution.”
The BCCI Apex council meeting will be finalising India’s revised Future Tours Program (FTP) and the domestic season. All the scheduled matches of the men’s side have been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As per some reports the women’s team is likely to travel to England in late August for a tri-series featuring India, England and South Africa. The BCCI haven’t announced any training camps for either of the sides, even as some players returned to the nets individually.
The council also would be discussing a solution for the tax exemption for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India with ICC extending its deadline till December.
“That issue will also come up for discussion,” a BCCI official told PTI.