Jay Shah set to run for ICC chairman’s post – Reports

Jul 8, 2024

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In a significant development in the world of international cricket, Jay Shah, the current Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), is set to run for the prestigious position of Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the upcoming elections scheduled for November 2024, as reported by Cricbuzz.

Visionary to work

Shah, who has been a prominent figure in the Indian cricket administration, has been making waves with his strategic leadership and visionary approach. As the BCCI Secretary, he has overseen several landmark achievements, including the record-breaking Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights deal, which has cemented the IPL’s status as the second most valuable sporting league in the world in terms of per-match value.

Under Shah’s presidency, the ACC has also witnessed significant progress, successfully organizing the Asia Cup in both T20 and ODI formats, showcasing Asia’s capability of hosting premier cricket events. His tenure has been marked by a focus on promoting and developing cricket across the Asian region, with a particular emphasis on uplifting associate members and grassroots-level initiatives.

Challenges to the candidacy

However, Shah’s potential candidacy is not without its challenges. The ICC chairmanship is a highly coveted position, and Shah’s bid is likely to face stiff competition from other contenders. Additionally, there are concerns about the potential for political influence and nepotism in the selection process, given Shah’s close ties to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India and his familial connection to Home Minister Amit Shah.

Potential Chairman of the ICC

Shah’s potential candidacy for the ICC chairmanship has garnered widespread attention, with industry experts and cricket enthusiasts closely following the developments. The current ICC Chairman, Greg Barclay, is eligible for another term and may seek re-election, but all eyes are on Shah as a potential challenger.

If elected, Shah would become the youngest administrator to hold the prestigious position of ICC Chairman, a testament to his leadership abilities and the trust placed in him by the cricketing community. His appointment would also mark a significant milestone for the BCCI, as it would further cement India’s influence and prominence in the global cricket landscape.

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Nonetheless, Shah’s track record and his proven ability to navigate the complexities of cricket administration have earned him widespread respect and support within the cricketing fraternity. His focus on financial stability, commercial growth, and grassroots development has been widely praised, and many see him as a strong contender for the ICC chairmanship.

As the November elections draw closer, the cricket world will be closely watching the developments surrounding Shah’s potential candidacy and the implications it may have on the future of the sport at the international level. The outcome of this election will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the direction and priorities of the ICC in the years to come.

Also READ: Jay Shah gets awestruck during handshake with Virat Kohli in the felicitation ceremony

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