The ‘cooling-off period’ (rest period) of Sourav Ganguly, Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is scheduled to start from July. He will not hold any post in the board or its state association for three years thereafter.
The IPL 2013 spot-fixing petitioner Aditya Verma will appeal to the Supreme Court to exempt Ganguly from a three-year mandatory ‘cooling-off period’. He gave information about this on Monday, 23 March.
He said, “Being the original petitioner, whose public interest litigation has undergone complete constitutional reform, I have decided to file a petition in the apex court that Sourav Ganguly and his team (in this case Secretary Jai Shah) for three years Permission should be given to complete the tenure.”
According to the new BCCI constitution prepared on the basis of the Lodha Committee reforms, any person who has been an official of the BCCI for six consecutive years with the Union of States will be required to go for a rest period of three years.
As far as Ganguly is concerned, he was formerly Joint Secretary of the Association of Bengal Cricket and later President. He took over as the BCCI president in October and thus his tenure will last only nine months. The same situation is for Shah, who has been the secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association for five years and will have to go for a compulsory rest period.
Verma was asked why he wanted to file another petition, so he said, “My only intention is to ensure that the BCCI continues to function in a transparent manner.” If a person like Sourav cannot complete his term, then what is the use of it?
Varma further said, “The Committee of Administrators (COA) mismanaged the BCCI for almost three years. Anyone who takes office needs time to bring the system up. Ganguly and his team should be given time. “