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COVID-19 impact: BCCI postpones AGM indefinitely due to coronavirus

Sports Lounge Staff



BCCI Sourav Ganguly Jay Shah

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not hold its annual general meeting (AGM) by September 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah wrote to the state units about the postponement. The Indian board is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975, and is required to hold an AGM before September 30 each year.

“Owing to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the Registration Department, Tamil Nadu Government, has 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,” Shah wrote in the letter accessed by PTI.

“The Press Release further states that an Annual General Meeting of a registered society cannot be conducted online. It refers to a Government Order no. 89 dated 16th June 2020 issued by the Commercial Taxes and Registration Department (‘Notification’) which reiterates the above [sic].”

After getting a legal opinion on the subject, the BCCI decided to postpone the AGM. The BCCI’s apex council meetings have been conducted virtually during the pandemic.

“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 [sic],” the letter stated. “We will keep you informed regarding the date of the Annual General Meeting.”

The previous BCCI AGM was held in October 2019, when Sourav Ganguly took over as president, ending a 33-month-long tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

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