A day before the 89th Annual General Meeting of the All-Important Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), board members played a friendly match at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Secretary XI — led by Jay Shah — defeated President XI — led by Sourav Ganguly saw the enjoyable outing. In the allocated 12 overs, Secretary XI batted first with the side scoring 128/3.
Though Jaydev Shah scored with an unbeaten 38, after hitting a 22-ball 37, Mohammad Azharuddin opened the batting and retired hurt (seven boundaries). Anirudh Chaudhry, a former BCCI treasurer, hit an unbeaten 10 out of 7 balls that included a six. Sourav Ganguly led from the front with an unbeaten 53 after chasing the target, but his team failed to chase the total and fell short by 28 runs.
As he ended with figures of 2/39, Secretary Jay Shah was the star of the show with the ball for his side. He would have had a seventh, but Ganguly dropped his catch from his bowling alley.
Coming back to the AGM, among the 23 items on the agenda, the creation of two new teams in the IPL and the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics are the two main points of debate.
Brijesh Patel is expected to continue as the IPL chairman, while Rajeev Shukla will take over as the vice president. Tax issues related to the ICC are also part of the 23-point agenda and are expected to be addressed in depth, as the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2023 50-over World Cup will be hosted by India. FTP discussions can also see discussions about the fate of the women’s team as they have not played any international matches since the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Though discussions have also been conducted on how some of the state associations are not too happy with President Sourav Ganguly’s conflict of interest talks, it will be important to see if the matter actually comes up for discussion on the board.
As the BCCI prepares itself to host the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, domestic cricket may also come up for some debate. The T20 tournament is scheduled to be played from January 10 and although it will be the first domestic competition to be played in the country in the post-coronavirus period, as a full-season is almost unlikely at present, the board members could discuss how to remunerate the domestic players.