Among the topics discussed and raised at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) 89th Annual General Body Meeting was the number of teams in the Indian Premier League. On Thursday at the AGM in Ahmedabad, the cricket body approved 10-team tournament starting from 2022 edition.
The members deliberated on incorporating two new teams into the Indian Premier League (IPL). According to sources, Ahmedabad, which is said to have the world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera with a seating capacity of 110,000, is all but certain to have a new IPL team.
In another major development, the Board, in principle, decided to back the ICC’s bid for inclusion of cricket, in the T20 format, in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics after getting clarifications from the International Olympic Committee.
All first-class players, both men and women, will be suitably compensated for the curtailed domestic season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCI plans to get the domestic season underway, after several months’ delay, in January with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship.
In other decisions, veteran Congress leader Rajiv Shukla was officially anointed the Board’s vice president in place of his protege Mahim Verma from Uttarakhand.
It was also learnt that the general body decided in favour of Sourav Ganguly continuing as a director in the ICC Board. Secretary Jay Shah will be the alternate director as well as India’s representative at the Chief Executive Committee meets of the global body.
Some of the other key decisions taken during the AGM are as follows:
- The Electoral Officer, Mr. AK Joti announced the election of Rajeev Shukla as Vice President of BCCI. Further, Brijesh Patel and KM Majumdar were unanimously re-elected as members representative to the IPL Governing Council by the General Body.
- Pragyan Ojha who was nominated by the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) as a player representative, was inducted to the IPL Governing Council at the AGM.
- The BCCI also increased the limit of reimbursement of insurance medical claim of retired First Class Cricketers to INR 10 Lakhs.
- The retirement age of the BCCI affiliated umpires and scorers has also been increased to 60 years.
The General Body also authorized the Office Bearers of the BCCI to decide on the following matters:
- Appointment of Cricket Committee, Standing Committees and Umpires Committee.
- BCCI’s representative to ICC Board of Directors and or any similar organisation.
- Setting up the new National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru and the subsequent plan to establish zonal academies.
- Decide the venues for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
- Decide on the BCCI Domestic season 2020-21 and form a working group in order to compensate the players, match officials and others involved in cricketing activity if they are not able to participate due to cancellation of cricket matches/tournaments owing to COVID-19.