BCCI Annual General Meeting Postponed Indefinitely ‘As It Can’t Be Held Online’

Mumbai: The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which supposed to be held by September 30, has been postponed indefinitely.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has written to the state units, informing them about the postponement due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.

“Owing to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Registration Department, Tamil Nadu Government have extended the period for a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975, to conduct an Annual General Meeting by three months, from September 2020 to December 2020,” Shah has written in the letter which was accessed by PTI.

The letter further states that an AGM of a registered society cannot be conducted online. It refers to a Government Order no. 89 dated 16th June 2020 issued by the Commercial Taxes and Registration Department (‘Notification’) which reiterates the above.

The BCCI, which did conduct Apex Council meetings in a virtual mode amid the pandemic, took the decision after taking legal opinion.

“We also sought legal opinion regarding the applicability of the Press Release and the Notification on BCCI and as per their view, the same is applicable and BCCI is not required to conduct its Annual General Meeting by 30 September 2020,” Shah has reportedly stated in his letter.

The last BCCI AGM was held in October 2019 when Sourav Ganguly took over as president, ending a 33-month tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

Both Ganguly and Shah’s tenures technically ended in July and they were supposed to go on a three-year cooling-off period. The BCCI had appealed to the Supreme Court to remove the cooling-off period condition so that they could continue and finish their terms.

The case was supposed to be heard in July and then August, but is yet to come up in the apex court.

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