Ajay Shikre will remain BCCI Secretary
Ajay Shikre will remain BCCI secretary:- The problems of dealing with the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee and also the International Cricket Council (ICC), specifically its chairman Shashank Manohar, are likely to further dominate the proceedings during the 87th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be held in Mumbai on Wednesday (September 21).
With Secretary Ajay Shikre, President Anurag Thakur and some other key officials of the board are slated to further attend the celebratory dinner on the occasion of India’s landmark 500th Test which is to be held in Kanpur on Wednesday night. The annual meeting, which will begin at 11 am, would be kept should short because going Kanpur from Mumbai is not easy.
Ajay Shikre to continue as BCCI Secretary
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Also, over the last few days the top board officials have further spared no words in criticizing Manohar, with Thakur even says that “he (Manohar) has abandoned a sinking ship for his ICC aspirations.” The grudge that is against the former BCCI chief is that he has not helped his previous organisation in order to tackle the Lodha crisis, and is further denying India its due in the ICC revenues by killing the ‘Big Three’ formula.
There are reports that Sharad Pawar, ex-ICC and board chief, and current Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president, who hosted a pre-AGM dinner for all the members on Tuesday, may be asked to persuade the Vidarbha strongman to be more ‘cooperative’ with the board.
At the AGM, the BCCI is set to elect its representatives for the ICC meetings, who are likely to be Thakur and Shirke.
The election of the secretary is now merely formality as the board has said on Tuesday that it has not yet received any other nomination to challenge Shikre. The election for the secretary’s post had also been made transparent. As Justice PB Sawant, a retired SC judge, further overlooking the entire process. Shikre has been in the job since May 22 after Thakur became president and Manohar quit the board.
After further introducing a novel process which was to pick selectors, the board may name the new selection panel too. The front-runners for that job are the former India Test players Venkatesh Prasad, Nayan Mongia, Sameer Dighe, Nilesh Kulkarni and Vijay Dahiya.
The Lodha Committee had also directed on August 31 that the AGM would be limited only to “routine business concerning the past year (2015-2016), and that any business or the matters relating to the next year (2016-2017) be dealt with only after the adoption of the Memorandum of Associations and Rules.”
The annual meeting’s items No. 6 & 7 though, are listed as election of the secretary, and of the various committees (including the all-powerful Working Committee). A source at the Lodha panel made it clear that many BCCI officials may have to face jail terms if this election is indeed conducted.