Narendra Modi's aide Amit Shah expected to become next BCCI vice-president - reports
With the Narendra Modi-led BJP all set to rule at the centre, the power shift is expected to trickle down to the cricketing circles too, with Modi’s close aid and BJP general secretary Amit Shah expected to become next BCCI vice-president in September this year.
With Modi soon to take oath as India’s Prime Minister, the clout of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), a sidelined organisation so far of which Modi is the President, will get to have a bigger say in the BCCI politics. Shah, who is also the GCA vice-president, is likely to replace Mumbai Cricket Association’s Ravi Savant as BCCI vice-president during the annual general body meeting in September.
GCA joint secretary Rajesh Patel told The Indian Express that everything is in place for Shah to take over the role in the apex cricket body in India. “Shah is eligible for a vice-president’s post in the BCCI. He has attended two BCCI annual general body meetings,” Patel said.
With Shah and Modi leading BJP’s nationwide campaign, Shah’s 27-year-old son Jay has been handling the responsibility of running the day to day affairs of GCA so far, and has also attended BCCI meetings.
The Indian Express also got an affirmative in this regard from a top BCCI official, who stated that “Shah’s entry as a BCCI vice-president is a formality” and “He will surely play a decisive role in the BCCI in case Modi comes to power”.
Despite the various cricket associations joining different groups in the wake of the fixing scandal which hit IPL last year, and taking anti or pro-N Srinivasan stand, Gujarat has remained neutral. This same neutrality is expected to provide Amit Shah a relatively easy entry into the BCCI top-tier.
“If Modi becomes the PM, it will be a great and proud moment for us in the GCA. We will be getting special attention from the board,” Patel said.