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BCCI elections on October 18, all eyes on the post of the president | Cricket

Elections to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be held in Mumbai on October 18. has made many current office holders eligible for election.

Hours before the announcement for the BCCI AGM on Thursday was sent to the 38 state units — elections were at the top of the agenda, President Sourav Ganguly wrote them a letter. He outlined the upcoming national and international season, mentioned plans to launch the women’s IPL early next year and reiterated that the next IPL would return to a home-and-away game.

Ganguly’s chances of going ahead are currently not rosy and some on the board interpreted his letter as a thank you note. Ganguly dismissed such speculation, saying the letter was “normal good wishes for the season.”

It is also possible that the former captain of India is running for president of the International Cricket Council (ICC). “The ICC presidency is not in my hands,” Ganguly said in Kolkata on Thursday.

Ganguly would need BCCI’s support to win on the 16-member ICC board. That would also mean that current chairman Greg Barclay will drop out. Barclay was backed by BCCI in the last election.

It seems certain that Secretary Jay Shah will hold a crucial position on the board. Will he replace Ganguly as president? It’s something Shah hasn’t shown. “There are no signs of elections taking place and all crucial posts could be re-filled unanimously,” said a senior board member.

Two other important positions in BCCI are that of the treasurer and the chairman of the IPL board of directors. Treasurer Arun Dhumal could be re-elected to a key post and Vice President Rajiv Shukla could be re-elected. The AGM will also decide on BCCI’s representative at ICC meetings.

The list of state representatives who will vote at the AGM will be out soon. Ganguly will attend the AGM representing the Cricket Association of Bengal. The BCCI AGM will also provide an update on the tricky tax issue for ICC events in India, India’s Future Tour’s Program and share details on the media rights that will come to market in 2023.

IPL for women in 2023

In his letter, Ganguly wrote that BCCI was in the process of organizing the first edition of the highly anticipated women’s IPL “early next year.” With the women’s T20 World Cup ending in February, March is seen as a likely start date.

“We are excited to introduce a girls U15 One Day tournament starting this season. This new tournament will create a path for our young girls to play at the national and international level,” he said.

“The next season of the men’s IPL will also return to the home and away format, with all ten teams playing their home games at their designated venues,” he said.


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