The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will host its annual general meeting and elections in Mumbai on October 18. With the recent Supreme Court decision allowing incumbent board president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to run for another term, the elections for the five positions of president, vice-president, secretary, joint-secretary, and treasurer will be in the public eye. As per ESPNcricinfo Shah circulated a notice, to all the state associations on Thursday, listing out what’s on the agenda for the AGM. This includes updates on ICC matters and ICC tax matters.
The ICC will be searching for a tax exemption from the government of India for the tournament, which the BCCI has to get, as the next ODI World Cup is slated to be staged in India in late 2023. Earlier ICC events held in the nation were subject to this requirement from the international body to the BCCI. The 2016 T20 World Cup was the previous ICC event held in India, and because the ICC did not receive a tax exemption at the time, it withheld close to US$ 20-30 million from the BCCI’s portion of the central revenue pool.
The 2021 T20 World Cup, which was originally slated for India but was moved to the UAE because of the Covid-19 outbreak, was threatened with being moved by the ICC in 2020 because the BCCI had been unable to obtain a tax exemption from the Indian government. The BCCI will be asked at the meeting if it intends to nominate a candidate to run in the ICC chair elections, which are set for November of this year and would replace Greg Barclay. Beginning in December, the ICC chair will serve a new term.
The first Women’s IPL, which Ganguly previously stated was scheduled to begin early next year, was also on the table.
Other points on the agenda, as per ESPNcricinfo were:
Election and induction of a representative of the general body in the apex council
Induction of two representatives (one male and one female) of the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) in the Apex Council
Election and induction of two representatives of the general body in the IPL governing council
Induction of a representative of the ICA in the IPL governing council
Appointment of an ombudsman and ethics officer
Appointment of the cricket committees and standing committees
Appointment of the umpires committee
To appoint the BCCI’s representative or representatives to the ICC or any similar organisation
Update on National Cricket Academy matters
Update on India’s Future Tour Programmes