BCCI Board Members Must Have Longer Terms

By Dhanu Delphi on December 9, 2019

The BCCI made a bold move to overturn a number of policies that were effected by the Lodha Committee. They got the approval of a majority of state members to make those changes. However, the current BCCI constitution warrants the Supreme Court to give final approval. Only then can those changes can be implemented.

The Supreme Court is in no rush to make any quick decision on the proposed amendments. The court has scheduled a hearing in January 2020. As a result, the BCCI cannot move ahead and implement those changes in December because the Supreme Court needs to sign-off on all amendments.

BCCI Members Need Longer Terms

One of the proposed amendments is changing the tenure of BCCI board members. Sourav Ganguly who was recently elected as BCCI President has only a 10 month tenure. So does Jay Shah who is the BCCI secretary. This is a very short period of time for Ganguly and his new team to carry out any long term change. And this is why they want the Supreme Court to approve longer terms for board members.

The logic is simple. Ganguly says that when you have such a short time period as a board member, it is hard to make long term plans, implement them and then oversee them. It also becomes difficult to the BCCI panel that replaces them. They would be taking up projects mid-way and would not find it easy to oversee.

The BCCI is the richest cricketing board in the world. In a 5 year period, it tends to generate revenues of over $3.5 billion. Sourav Ganguly said that during the last five years in which he has been a member of the BCCI working committee (representing his home state of West Bengal), he has seen a lot of new faces. This policy of replacing candidates in a short period of time, he felt, robs the BCCI and Indian cricket of having experienced leaders at the helm.

Indian Cricket Should Not Suffer 

Ganguly said that for Indian cricket to go from strength to strength, it is important for state associations to have strong and experienced leaders. The policy of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ did not allow for continuity. It was also detrimental to Indian cricket. Ganguly pointed out that South Africa and West Indies are suffering because of this and India should ensure that the same thing does not happen.

South Africa: is having huge problems with their administration. They just lost their main sponsor who was with them for over 20 years. South African cricket has declined significantly in the last 18 months and there is now a push to get former captain Graeme Smith on board as the Director of Cricket to turn things around.

West Indies: have also had their fair share of problems between the administration and the players. As a result, some of the top players in the West Indies have made themselves unavailable for selection and this has hurt West Indies cricket.

Supreme Court Decision Is Final

Ganguly said that it was up to the Supreme Court to make the final decision. If they decide against approving the proposed amendments, he would do his best within his Souratenure. The BCCI has put forward six amendments for the Supreme Court to rule on. It will be interesting to see if the Court approves all six amendments. Or will they make a selective decision to approve some amendments and put a stay on others?

There are reports that the Supreme Court could make a ruling on the matter on January 14, 2020.