In a piece of major news in the cricket world, the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who is also the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), could contest for the ICC Chairman post later this year. And if he does, he is likely to win the election at the governing body.
The Annual General Meetings (AGM) of the Asian Cricket Council will be held in Bali, Indonesia, on January 30th and 31st.
While the main agenda of the meeting is to discuss the broadcasting rights for the Asia Cup, an unofficial agenda, as reported by Cricbuzz, at this meeting could be about Jay Shah’s position as the ACC President and his potential participation in the ICC Chairman election in November this year.
Jay Shah will have to leave ACC President position if he is to become the next ICC Chairman
The position of the ACC President is a role that rotates among full members every two years. Jay Shah is currently in his second two-year term, but he could discontinue it due to a reported interest in the ICC Chairman role.
“The outcome of the ACC meeting will provide indications about various leadership roles in world cricket,” Cricbuzz asserted in its report.
Currently, it is New Zealand administrator Greg Barclay who is the ICC Chairman, elected in November 2020.
Shah is perhaps the most powerful man in the cricket world. Son of Amit Shah, India’s Minister of Home Affairs, Jay Shah became the BCCI Secretary in 2019, at the age of only 31.
His first major role as a cricket administrator began in 2009 as an executive board member of the Central Board of Cricket, Ahmedabad. He then became the joint secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) in 2013, during which he oversaw the construction of the Narendra Modi Stadium.
He entered the BCCI fold in 2015 as a member of the finance and marketing committees, before being elected as the BCCI Secretary in 2019. In January 2021, Jay Shah was selected as the ACC President.