Rajeev Shukla is all set to become the next BCCI President with while former India cricketer Brijesh Patel is likely to continue as IPL chairman for a second term. As per reports in Indian Express, the board members have decided not to have any election but fill the vacant posts through unanimous decisions. The final decision on this will be taken at the Annual General Meeting in Ahmedabad on December 24.
Shukla has been the UPCA nominee for the BCCI AGM and his candidature has been cleared by the BCCI electoral officer in the final list provided to the members.
Rajeev Shukla’s Decision-A Unanimmoius One
It is further learned that everyone has accepted Rajiv Shukla being appointed as the next vice-president he will be filing his nomination on Thursday. Shukla hasn’t been a BCCI office-bearer before but was Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) secretary till 2017. He was also the IPL chairman till 2018.
Meanwhile, the board secretary Jay Shah has sent a notice to all the board members to undergo RT-PCR tests, which detect Covid-19, before coming for the AGM. The board will test them again in Ahmedabad before they are allowed to attend the AGM.
The decision of a 10-team IPL will also be taken at the AGM meeting in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, Shukla was not available for a comment on the same.
There are talks of the next IPL season in 2021 being a 10-team IPL with the introduction of two new teams. However, as per a recent report in InsideSport, the possibility of the same happening seems bleak due to lack of time at the hands of the BCCI.
More on the matter is set to be discussed in the AGM meeting on December 24. The 14th edition of the IPL is likely to be held in March-April and the BCCI has only a few months to finalise the details, including players’ auction, schedule, venue amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Time is too short for introduction of the new teams for IPL in 2021. Tendering, players auction and most importantly getting all the stakeholders on the same page will be really challenging in a short-time span. We are of the view, any addition to the team should only happen for IPL 2022”, a BCCI official told InsideSport.