Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah
Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah
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Ahead of the Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, December 24, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will go head-to-head with BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a friendly cricket match at the newly-built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

According to a report, former Indian captain and head of Hyderabad Cricket Association Mohammad Azharuddin, former Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Shah and former Indian batsman Brijesh Patel will also be a part of the friendly encounter.

Reportedly, the match will be played with a tennis ball and former IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla will be the referee in the game.

What will be discussed at the 89th AGM of BCCI?

The inclusion of two new IPL franchises, a discussion on the contentious tax exemption demanded by the ICC for global events in India and the formation of various cricket committees will be on top of the agenda when the BCCI holds its 89th AGM in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

The biggest development could be the approval of new IPL teams but primarily from the 2022 edition.

"At this point, the 10-team IPL, if BCCI intends to conduct it in 2021, will be a hurried one given that the tendering process and a mega auction will be difficult to organise in such a short span of time," a senior BCCI official told PTI on the eve of the meeting.

"It is only fair that the approval is taken and the big 94 match tournament is held in 2022," he said.

Tax exemptions for World T20: There's only a week left for the BCCI to meet the ICC's deadline of giving complete assurance that the global body will get full tax exemption for holding the World T20 in October-November or else it will be shifted to the UAE.

While there has been precedence of exemptions during earlier global events, the current tax laws won't allow exemption for a sporting event and it will be interesting to see what will be the BCCI's stand on the issue.

BCCI representative in ICC: BCCI secretary Jay Shah will remain India's representative at the ICC on various issues like last year along with Ganguly.

Cricket in Olympics: If BCCI supports cricket at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028, it might end up losing its autonomy as being a National Sports Federation means coming under the ambit of sports ministry with constant government interventions.

Various Cricket Committees: The BCCI hasn't constituted important cricket sub-committees for the longest time. It is understood a new Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will be formed which will interview candidates for three new selectors. Also the various cricket committees like umpiring committee and the technical committee are also likely to be formed.

(With PTI inputs)

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