The last month or so couldn’t have been an easy time to be Sourav Chandidas Ganguly or Jay Shah (BCCI secretary). The duo and various others in the BCCI have been helplessly hoping for the Coronavirus situation to improve in order for the IPL 2020 albeit a truncated affair, to go ahead. According to sources, it is highly unlikely that the tournament will be starting on 15th April, which is the commencement date at the time of writing this article.
The other thing that would make the BCCI president and Secretary tense is the fact that this could have been a legacy tournament for the duo, as according to the Supreme Court guidelines and the Lodha committee recommendations, Ganguly and Shah have to serve a mandatory cooling off period of 3 years after July. Having said that, much to everyone’s surprise Dada has received support from the most unexpected quarter.
The original petitioner in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case Aditya Verma will appeal to the Supreme Court to exempt the BCCI president’s compulsory three-year cooling off period which as mentioned above begins in July. Verma, who has been a staunch critic of the way BCCI functions has had a change of heart. The Bihar cricket board head has given two practical reasons for the new stance adopted by him. Firstly, he stated that his entire fight was to bring about a transparency in the BCCI functioning and he believed that with a guy like Sourav Ganguly at the helm his purpose has been met. Secondly, Verma thought that a system that has been mismanaged for years, including by the Supreme Court appointed CoA, will take time to be corrected and it is only fair that the Prince of Kolkata gets a fair run.
It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court reacts to this. All we can hope is that cricketing activity in India and around the globe which has been brought to a complete standstill by the Covid-19, for the first time since World War 2, starts flourishing again and the situation in world gets better.