Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah Eligible To Helm BCCI Till 2025 As SC Agrees To Amend Cooling-Off Period

Updated - 14 Sep 2022, 09:16 PM

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly & Jay Shah are all set to continue till 2025. Supreme Court on Wednesday (14th September) agreed to amend the cooling period. The court has allowed consecutive terms at BCCI & State separately. This judgment may raise a lot of eyebrows as an official can serve Indian Cricket for 12 years back to back.

Sourav Ganguly & Jay Shah would be quite relieved and happy. The duo has been under the pump as they were handling their posts controversially. It would be interesting to see whether the duo continue as they have been associated since 2019 September.

Jay Shah and Saurav Ganguly
Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly (Image Credits: Twitter)

Supreme Court’s Judgement

Justice Chandrachud said in the hearing.”Existing position is by using the word combination, even if you have done one term in state and one term in BCCI then you are out,”  “But what we are proposing is that if you have done six years at the state level then you are subject to a three-year cooling-off period (at state). If you have not done six years at the same level then you are not subject to a cooling-off period.”

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Supreme Court. Credits: Twitter
A person can be a member at the most for two consecutive terms either at the state or at the BCCI. But if you have two completed two consecutive terms each of three years at the state and BCCI then you must have a cooling-off period of three years. That is two different proposals. Our first proposal was three in the state, six in the BCCI (or) six in the state three in the BCCI, after which a cooling-off period will apply.” Justice Chandrachud added.
In 2018, Justice Chandrachud said that an office bearer who has completed two back-to-back terms at State or BCCI can’t contest elections without completing a cooling-off period of 3 years. This constitution seemed perfect but after 4 years, the constitution has amended.
“Second, we are giving a more liberal thing: you can do six in the state, you can then immediately do six in the BCCI because they are two different levels. But after completing two consecutive terms at two different levels then take a break of three years.”  He added.

Effect of Amendment

Supreme Court’s decision may seem a bit biased towards BCCI. A person holding back to back terms may seem like a kind of domination. At the same time, officials would be happy as they would get to know the work culture in depth.

BCCI. Pic Credits: Twitter

BCCI now would be hoping that the players & management stand up and deliver. We all have seen how easily India succumbs to pressure in ICC events and tournaments. Sourav Ganguly & Jay Shah would be eager to get a trophy under their administration which will silence all the criticism.

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