Aditya Verma, a petitioner in an Indian Premier League problem-solving case, said on Tuesday that her lawyers “would not object” to a waiver of the cooling-off period for BCCI chairman Sourav Ganguly and the secretary when the case is heard by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear a plea from the BCCI on Wednesday to change its constitution and allow the duo of Ganguly and Shah to stay in their posts instead of going through a mandatory cooling-off period.
Bihar Cricket Association secretary Verma is the first petitioner in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, which led the Supreme Court to form the Lodha Panel, which recommended sweeping constitutional reforms in the council richest cricket player in the world.
According to the new constitution of BCCI, a three-year cooling-off period is mandatory after serving for six years as a board member in a state association or on the Council.
Ganguly and Shah took over as leadership of BCCI last October with just nine months of their combined six years in national and state unity to complete.
Verma felt that Ganguly and Shah’s duo was necessary for the stability of the Council.
“I have always maintained that Sourav Ganguly is the best man to lead BCCI. I think Dada and Jay Shah should have a full mandate to stabilize BCCI again,” Verma told PTI.
“Therefore, on behalf of the CAB, I will have no objection if Dada is allowed to continue as chairman of BCCI,” Verma said.
“Of his nine months, four months have already been lost due to the coronavirus, and any administrator needs time to implement plans and policies,” he added.
Ganguly is finishing his six years at the end of this month, while Shah is supposed to have finished it.
The former Indian captain previously held positions in the Bengal Cricket Association while Shah was co-secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association.