BCCI secretary to mentor SICA

Gangtok, 02 Dec:

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Jay Shah along with Niranjan Shah will be overseeing the development of cricket in Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, a SICA release informs.

Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) had long been demanding that the BCCI handhold the new member states in developing cricket in the region.

Finally, after meeting the representatives of all the units, the Board formed a three-member panel comprising of SauravGanguly, Arun Singh Dhumal and Jay Shah to look after the overall development of the new states, the release mentions.

BCCI president, MrGanguly will focus on Meghalaya, Mizoram and Bihar, with the help of NabaBhattacharjee. Arun Singh Dhumal will be in-charge of Nagaland, Manipur and Pondicherry.

This was announced during the 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was held on Sunday - their first after the newly elected body takes over the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). It was the first AGM in the last three years.

Along with the other voting right members, the president of Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA),Lobzang G Tenzing attended the meeting.

“This was a historic moment as for the first time a delegate from Sikkim was attending the AGM of BCCI as a full member,” the release states.

In the meeting, many important decisions were discussed, such as the proposal for amendment of the existing constitution of the board, passing of accounts, adoption of the fresh budget for 2019–20 season, the appointment of fresh auditors, and many more.

Jay Shah, the son of Minister of Home Affairs of India, Amit Shah, has been recently elected as the Secretary of BCCI. He has served as an executive board member of the Central Board of Cricket, Ahmedabad in 2009, and became the joint secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) in September 2013. He oversaw GCA's project of constructing the Sardar Patel Stadium, the world's largest cricket stadium, in Ahmedabad. He also became a member of the finance and marketing committees of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2015. With such an experience it is an honour for Sikkim to have him as a mentor.

During the meeting, it was announced that from the next season Under 16 girls tournaments will also be started, which is good news for players and also a landmark for the Women’s Cricket. Live telecast of Under 16 and Under 19 matches is to be started soon.