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BCCI officials hail lifeline

BCCI officials hail lifeline
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The Supreme Court verdict, which stated that persons who have a cumulative tenure of 18 years in the BCCI and state units are eligible to be elected as office bearers subject to a cooling-off period, was welcomed by several senior officials including those, whose administrative careers got a fresh lease of life.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court verdict, which stated that persons who have a cumulative tenure of 18 years in the BCCI and state units are eligible to be elected as office bearers subject to a cooling-off period, was welcomed by several senior officials including those, whose administrative careers got a fresh lease of life.

While some of the veterans like Niranjan Shah are happy even though it won't make much of a difference for them, the likes of Dilip Vengsarkar welcomed the move as it gives him an opportunity to be in the BCCI once he is through with his cooling off period.

For TNCA veteran Kashi Viswanathan, his administrative career in cricket is "over" but former India team manager Biswarup Dey is "happy" as he has some breathing space.

The three-member Supreme Court bench today said that the July 18 order of the apex court based on the Lodha Committee suggestion about the cumulative period will be 18 years.

"Obviously, the rectification of the cumulative period to earlier 18 years is a welcome move. The BCCI has never opposed to the Lodha reforms. We only had issues regarding age cap of 70 years, one state one vote and the cooling off period.

How can you give Nagaland voting right and not have 41-time Ranji champions Mumbai as a voter," Saurashtra veteran Shah told PTI even though his career in BCCI is over.

Former India stalwart Vengsarkar, who will have to go into a 'cooling off' period, is happy that at least he might get a chance to become an office-bearer in BCCI in future.

"Former cricketers can do a lot for cricket administration with their years of experience. I welcome this move. I am always available to serve Indian cricket, whether I am in the BCCI or not," said Vengsarkar.

However, former TNCA secretary Kashi Viswanathan, one of the closest aides of the former BCCI president N Srinivasan, said that it does not matter to him as he is not going to come to BCCI ever.

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