In a significant turn of events, BCCI secretary Jay Shah has been re-elected as the president of the Asian Cricket Council. Shah was elected for his second consecutive term unanimously in a meeting held in Bali on January 31. Shah is the first administrator to get an extension on a post which is rotated among the full member nations
“I am grateful to the ACC Board for their continued trust. We must remain committed to ensuring the all-round development of the sport, with a special focus on regions where it is still in its infancy. The ACC is committed to nurturing cricket across Asia,” ACC press release quoted Shah as saying after his re-election.
Sri Lanka Cricket, whose turn was next for the post, proposed Shah’s continuation. “Jay has played a pivotal role in steering the ACC towards significant progress in promoting and developing cricket across the Asian region. Under Mr. Shah’s guidance, the ACC has been instrumental in unearthing and promoting new talent in cricketing powerhouses like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka,” SLC chief Shammi Silva said.
Pankaj Khimji chairman of Oman Cricket and vice president of ACC congratulated Jay Shah “Today, stakeholders see value in investing in tournaments that the ACC conducts, and I credit him for this major transformation, which will further fuel the growth of the game in the region,” Khimji stated.
Shah who took up the post in 2021 did some exemplary work during his first term. The most significant of which was organizing the 2022 Asia Cup in UAE which was originally scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka but was moved out due to the country’s economic situation at that time
Interestingly Shah’s name was also doing rounds for the post of the ICC chairman elections for which are slated to be held in November this year. Taking up the chairman’s post would have also led to Shah vacating his position as the secretary of the BCCI. But now with him getting re-elected as the president of ACC, it is almost certain that he will continue as the BCCI secretary