BCCI office bearers~~ term extended to two years

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:In a decision of far reaching consequences, the BCCI Special General Body today unanimously extended the terms of all the office bearers, including its President and the selectors, from one year to two years.

Board of Control for Cricket in India Vice President Shashank Manohar, addressing reporters after the meeting, said that their performance in satisfactory.

Mr Manohar said ''The option of rejecting the office bearers after the second year has been done as the BCCI constitution does not have the option of a no-confidence motion even if any member is not doing his work properly.'' Mr Manohar also said that a candidate standing from any zone would have to have a proposer from that zone itself, though the seconder could be from any zone.

The Special General Body also empowered the board President with the extra vote, Mr Manohar added.

Giving details about the decisions taken in the meeting, Mr Manohar said it was decided to empower the President to take decisions regarding formation of the different committees needed for the smooth conduct of the 2011 World Cup which will be jointly held by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

In another momentous decision taken by the special general body, it was decided that all state associations would be given a year's time to form a women's wing to look after the interest of women's cricket. Mr Manohar said that during this time, the cricket board would give financial assistance and help the Women's Cricket association with their bilateral tours.

Mr Manohar clarified that the women's cricket board would not be merged with the BCCI, but all the state associations would have a women's wing in a year's time and they would be responsible for the welfare of the women's cricket.

He also said that the existing women's state bodies would not be recognised and this decision was taken after consulting the secretary of the women's cricket association Shubhangi Kulkarni.

When asked about the selection of the national team, Mr Manohar said that for the next year the present women's cricket association of India would be responsible for the selection, and after a year's time when all the state bodies would have an women's wing, we will decide on the way the selection of the national women's team will be done, Mr Manohar added.

Speaking about the controversy regarding which association to recognise in Bihar and Jharkhand, Mr Manohar said that for the time being the matter has been deferred. Instead, he said, a three-member committee comprising Arun Jaitley, N Srinivasan and Mr Manohar himself has been formed which will go into the allegations and counter-allegations of all the bodies from these two states and submit a report on the type of action to be taken to solve this problem.

Mr Manohar also informed that the BCCI has, for the moment, decided to give financial help to budding junior sportspersons from other disciplines for their training abroad.

He said that for the time being the money would be given directly to the sportsperson and not the associations.

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