Pragyan Ojha, a representative of the Indian Cricketers’ Association, stepped down as a member of the Indian Premier League Governing Council, while Arun Dhumal and Avishek Dalmiya were re-elected unopposed.
In the 92nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Goa on Monday, the members were formally informed about Ojha’s decision. The vacant slot will now be filled up only after the Indian Cricketers’ Association elects a new representative.
Ojha was part of the Governing Council for the last three years, and now with the former India spinner deciding to move on due to personal reasons, the ICA will have to conduct fresh elections to choose a representative for the position.
Sources in the ICA confirmed that the process will begin soon, and a member could be nominated by the end of October or November.
Ojha, a left-arm spinner, retired from all forms of cricket in 2020. He represented India in all three formats of the game and played 24 Tests, 18 ODIs, and six T20Is.
Contrary to reports that the Board could form a new apex council for the Women’s Premier League, nothing of that sort was discussed.
During the Annual General Meeting at a North Goa resort, the Board treasurer Ashish Shelar informed the members that the Board has generated a revenue of Rs 6,558.80 crore in the current financial year, as compared to Rs 4,360.57 crore, generated in the 2021-22 financial year.
Among other decisions, the Board members also opined that going forward, the state associations won’t pay any extra sum to its guest players.
As per the rule, the state units can sign up to three professional guest players, and several state units usually pay these players an additional amount apart from their match fees.
But during the meeting, the members unanimously decided that the professional players would henceforth get only their match fee like any other domestic cricketer. However, it needs to be seen whether the rule will be implemented in the forthcoming season.
It was also decided that the north-east state units will be getting 12.5 crore annually and Puducherry will be getting 17.5 crore to run their cricket across levels.
The BCCI has also decided to extend the tenure of its Ombudsman and Ethics Officer Justice (retd.) Vineet Saran.
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