The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended the Annual General Meeting(AGM) due to prevailing coronavirus pandemic. The meeting was slated to begin on September 30.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah has informed the state cricket associations about the decision. The board took the decision after consulting a legal team and concluded that the meeting can’t take place online.
As per rules, the AGM meeting is supposed to take place before September 30.
The BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975. The Rules and Regulations of the body requires them to hold an Annual General Meeting before September 30 of each year.
“Owing to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Registration Department, Tamil Nadu Government in their press release no. 557 dated 29th July 2020 (“Press Release”) have extended the period for a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975, to conduct an Annual General Meeting by three months, from September 2020 to December 2020”, the letter read.
“The Press Release further states that an Annual General Meeting of a registered society cannot be conducted online.”
“We also sought legal opinion regarding the applicability of the press release and the notification on BCCI and as per their view, the same is applicable and BCCI is not required to conduct its Annual General Meeting by 30 September 2020. In view thereof, you are hereby informed that the BCCI will not have its Annual General Meeting by 30 September 2020. We will keep you informed regarding the date of the Annual General Meeting,” Jay Shah wrote to state associations as reported by ANI.
Fresh dates for the AGM to be announced soon by the BCCI
Jay Shah said that the new dates for the AGM meeting will be informed to the respective boards in due time.
Reacting to the mail, a state association president, on condition of anonymity, said, “We appreciate the approach of the Secretary’s office as they keep us informed about the necessary developments swiftly and proactively. If you notice, the manner in which the decision has been reached is extremely professional.”
The last AGM meeting of the BCCI was conducted in December 2019 under the newly elected president Sourav Ganguly.
The fresh date could be announced within the next 3 months after September 2020.