PANAJI: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be held in Goa on September 25 and a key decision at the meeting will be to appoint three new members to the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While it hasn’t been explicitly mentioned in the agenda, there may also be discussions regarding changes to the selection committee.
A notice from BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Sunday night read, “Notice is hereby given that the 92nd Annual General Meeting (hereinafter referred to as AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (“BCCI”) will be held at W Hotel – Goa on 25th September 2023, to transact the business as per the attached agenda. The time of the AGM will be communicated at a later date.
Shah has provided an 18-point agenda for the AGM, with the key points listed at the very top – Item B and C. They are as follows:
B. Election and induction of 2 (two) representatives of the General Body into the Governing Council of the IPL.
C. Induction of 1 (one) representative of the Indian Cricketers’ Association into the Governing Council of the IPL.
Currently, the two representatives of the General Body are Arun Singh Dhumal (chairman) and Avishek Dalmiya (member). The sole representative from the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) is Pragyan Ojha, who came into the Governing Council by winning the ICA election last year. It is yet to be determined whether new members will be inducted, possibly in light of the launch of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), or if changes will be made to the existing members. Secretary Shah, treasurer Ashish Shelar, and CAG member CM Sane are the other members of the Governing Council.
Interestingly, there is no mention of a change to the senior men’s selection committee. An adjustment was anticipated since Ajit Agarkar of Mumbai was appointed in July as the chairman of the committee, which also includes another selector from Mumbai, Salil Ankola, with no representation from the North Zone. There has been some speculation that course correction will be made at the AGM.
However, there is a point in the agenda where the reconstitution of the selection committee can be discussed. It reads:
K. Appointment of the Cricket Committees and Standing Committees as mentioned in Rules 26 and 25, respectively.
Rule 26 pertains to the formation of selection committees in all formats, including men, women, and junior teams, while Rule 25 deals with the formation of tournament committees.
Another important point of note is the appointment of the BCCI representative to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other international bodies like the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Shah is expected to be nominated for these roles. Item J on the agenda relates to the appointment of the Ombudsman and Ethics Officer.
Important matters are often addressed through a discreet item in the agenda, which states, “Consideration of any business that the President may deem necessary to include in the agenda.” This is listed as item Q, and some crucial decisions may be made under this point.
There are 38 members to the general body and all of them have been notified about the AGM.