The Supreme Court verdict which stated that persons who have a cumulative tenure of 18 years in the BCCI and state units are eligible to be elected as office bearers subject to a cooling off period was welcomed by several senior officials including those, whose administrative careers got a lease of life. While some of the veterans like Niranjan Shah are happy even though it won’t make much of a difference for them, the likes of Dilip Vengsarkar welcomed the move as it gives him an opportunity to be in the BCCI once he is through with his cooling off period.
Former Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary, Brijesh Patel too will get a chance to be in the BCCI Apex Council once he is done with his cooling period. The former India batsman, who is 64 at the moment, will turn 67 at the completion of his cooling off period and can have full three-year term in BCCI before the 70-year cap comes into application. For Tamil Nadu Cricket Association veteran Kashi Viswanathan, his administrative career in cricket is “over” but former India team manager Biswarup Dey is “happy” as he has some breathing space.The three-member Supreme Court bench said that the July 18 order of the Apex Court based on the Lodha Committee suggestion about the cumulative period will be 18 years (9 years in BCCI + 9 years in State association).”Obviously, the rectification of the cumulative period to earlier 18 years is a welcome move. The BCCI has never opposed to the Lodha reforms. We only had issues regarding age cap of 70 years, one state one vote and the cooling off period. How can you give Nagaland voting right and not have 41-time Ranji champions Mumbai as a voter,” Saurashtra veteran Shah asked.Former India stalwart Vengsarkar, who will have to go into a ‘cooling off’ period, is happy that at least he might get a chance to become an office-bearer in BCCI in future.”Former cricketers can do a lot for cricket administration with their years of experience. I welcome this move. Whether I can be an office bearer in BCCI in future does not depend on me but I am always available to serve Indian cricket,” said Vengsarkar.

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