When you look at the current scheme of things in the BCCI, Secretary Jay Shah seems to have been enjoying a prominent role. Jay, who is the son of BJP stalwart Amit Shah, is seen everywhere as far as the BCCI is concerned. What does this signify? Is BCCI supremo Sourav Ganguly taking the back seat and letting Shah handle most of the decision making? Or, is it that Dada is working in the background, helping Shah take centrestage.
At the moment, both these gentlemen's tenures are supposed to end in the BCCI. However, the Supreme Court has decided to postpone the ruling on the continuation of their roles to the third week of January 2021. December 24 will be a crucial day as the BCCI AGM meet is set to be held and Dada will chair the meeting alongside Shah. Looking at the long run, Dada is someone BCCI and Indian cricket need in the long run.
To have him at the helm, the BCCI has filed an application in the Supreme Court, seeking amendments to the SC-approved constitution, framed by the SC-appointed Lodha Committee. If the application gets rejected, it remains to be seen where Dada and Shah shift their focus to. Coming back to the present scenario, Shah is hogging the limelight. He was the one who announced India's series against England next year, besides inaugurating Gujarat Cricket Association's indoor academy for young cricketers.
Shah could be a major reason for the series against England being played in Ahmedabad. Two Tests will be played here alongside five T20Is. Also, back in 2019, the BCCI had selected Shah as its representative for future CEC meetings of the International Cricket Council. Recently, Shah was also seen in Dehradun to inspect various cricket facilities in the city.
The major focus here is that Shah is being seen as BCCI's face everywhere and Dada, who played a major role in hosting the IPL 2020 in UAE, has taken a back seat. Is this because of the highly awaited decision of the SC in relation to his tenure as BCCI President? Only time will tell.