Disqualified 70-year-old Niranjan Shah in BCCI's new seven-man panel
The Indian cricket board decided to include former Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) president Niranjan Shah as a special invitee in the newly-formed committee which will study the Lodha Panel reforms
What is inexplicable is Shah is 73-years-old and has been running Saurashtra CA for last three decades and stands disqualified on all counts as per the Lodha reforms.
A senior BCCI official said that Shah wanted to be a part of the committee and there were pressure from other 70 plus disqualified officials, who wanted representation in the committee. "Amitabh Chaudhary seems helpless as N Srinivasan has again started calling shots. Shah was insistent that he should be taken in the committee.
Accordingly, he was included and the number of members have now increased to eight," a senior BCCI official told PTI yesterday.
Something that many BCCI officials are unable to digest is that Shah's career in cricket administration is finished, but the Rajkot man does not want to give up. "His cumulative time in state and BCCI is more than three decades, so he crosses the 18-year limit.
Also the three-year cooling off period doesn't apply as he has spent more than 18 years," a senior state unit president said.