The 32-year-old has become the youngest to become the President of the apex cricketing council of Asia, taking over the reins from Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief Nazmul Hossain.
In an official statement released by the BCCI Jay Shah thanked his colleagues in the board for nominating him for the esteemed role.
He also highlighted the challenge that cricketing nations face in the wake of the global pandemic, especially women’s and age-group cricket.
“I accept this honour and I thank my esteemed colleagues at the BCCI for nominating me and considering me worthy of this prestigious position. Formed with a view to organize, develop and promote the sport in the region, the ACC has steadily grown in stature. The ACC continues to foster healthy rivalry among some of the biggest cricket playing nations while it also takes the sport deeper into the smaller pockets. We must remain committed to this cause and ensure there is an all-round development in the region,” Jay Shah said in a statement released by BCCI.
“The pandemic has posed enormous challenges but history has shown that innovation often arises in periods of adversity and we must adapt and innovate to stay ahead. While I have noticed that most Boards have again started their cricketing operations with their senior team, the challenge still remains with women’s cricket and age-group cricket. The ACC has done pioneering work in both women’s cricket and age-group with the multiple tournaments it conducts across the year and we must build on this,” he added.
NEWS : Mr Jay Shah, Hon. Secretary, BCCI appointed Asian Cricket Council President.
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In the absence of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who was recently hospitalized for the second time in a month due to heart-related issues, Jay Shah has filled in for the latter to ensure that the operations run smoothly.
On Saturday, Shah told the state associations that following the successful staging of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, the BCCI will be conducting Vijay Hazare Trophy, Vinoo Mankad Trophy- the U-19 One-Day tournament- and Women’s One-Dayers.
“I congratulate Mr Jay Shah for being appointed the new ACC President. We have worked closely, and I am well aware of his plans and vision to develop the game of cricket. I have personally experienced the zeal with which he worked to bring a turnaround in Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and North-eastern states in setting up the cricketing infrastructure and setting up the ecosystem,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said in a statement.
“It is definitely a challenging phase, but I am confident he will successfully navigate the challenges posed by the virus. The BCCI will extend every help and will play a big role in rebuilding and restructuring of the cricketing activities in Asia,” he added.