The long going tussle between BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) saw a new turn as the Hon. Supreme Court decided to review the key clause of a cooling off period after CoA submitted its 9th status report.
This gives a breath of fresh air to the BCCI officials as it claimed that their stand on cooling off period has been vindicated. "The Honourable judges heard our plea and made observations which has filled us with positivity. I feel now our (him and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry's) position is vindicated," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told PTI on Thursday.
"What is the need of cooling off period when a person is not contesting for the same post?" asked CJI Dipak Misra.
"The Lodha panel suggestion was that there should be a cooling off period between two consecutive terms for an office-bearer. After a tenure in a particular post of BCCI, the office-bearer may contest for some another post. There is no need for a cooling off period in between," observed Justice D Y Chandrachud.
"We have to wait for the final order but I think there is a ray of hope for us that things will be in order. The Honourable court heard all our arguments on the objectionable clauses and we are grateful for that," Chaudhary said.
In the draft constitution submitted to the court, the eligibility for becoming a national selector has been set at 20 first-class matches. If this is accepted, then Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe might come back to resume their positions, as they were removed for not being Test cricketers.
Jatin and Gagan have been paid their salary without any work as selectors can only be removed at the AGM.
(With PTI inputs)