While the ruling, in effect, clears the way for the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah In order to continue for a second consecutive term, despite strong public opinion that new elections may be imminent, the sequence needs to be properly understood.
Timesofindia.com is here to make it simple to understand.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Before we dissect the SC’s latest ruling on the matter, it should be noted that the apex court changed its own ruling in 2018.
In 2018, SC, based on the recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel, ruled that…
first) an office holder must go through a 3-year layoff period after two consecutive terms – whether it is with a state association or with BCCI or even cumulative i.e. the first three years with BCCI and the next three years with a state association, or vice versa.
Now, this provision from the 2018 Amendment to the Constitution has barred Ganguly and Shah from continuing to serve as BCCI president and secretary, as both have served as custodians in the Bengal and state cricket associations and Gujarat before being elected to the BCCI offices.
(BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly talks with board secretary Jay Shah – TOI Photo)
NEW RULES CONDITIONS
To counter that event, BCCI, at its annual general assembly meeting in December 2019, unanimously adopted resolutions amending the Constitution. That application is pending SC approval, arriving on September 14, 2022.
Now, the proposed amendment bears the SC mark, which allows the BCCI chair, secretary and holders to serve two consecutive six-year terms on the board even after they have served. three years in cantonal associations immediately before joining BCCI.
MODIFIED COOLING OFF TERMS
If a person has served two consecutive terms in a cantonal association, then:
first) He/She cannot run in the state association polls before the three-year cool-down period.
2) However, he/she can still run in the BCCI elections and serve two more terms at the ‘national level’ once elected, before the cool-down period is applied.
SC, however, maintains a nine-year limit on consecutive terms as cricket administrators. This limitation also applies to accrual terms with state associations and/or as BCCI office bearers. After nine years in a row as a cricket administrator, a cool-down period will become mandatory.
The latest amendments ruled by SC to BCCI’s Constitution…
first) will allow administrators from other sports federations in India to become part of BCCI or state cricket associations
2) will also allow officials working with the PSU, excluding ministers and officials, to become part of the cricket governing body at the state or national level
3) will only ban those involved in cricket management who have been convicted and jailed by a court for the charges against them