Jay Shah to remain ACC president

Written by N Krishnamurthy

BCCI secretarBCCI secretary Jay Shah’s term as the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) extended by one year at its AGM today after being proposed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Shammi Silva and unanimously backed by all ACC members, Cricket Age Exclusively learns. There were speculations, reports in media that shah is set to resign from the post, in order to run for the election for ICC chairman, scheduled for November this year.

“Just a while ago today, Mr. Shah term was extended by one year” an ACC source told Cricket Age.

Shah is in his second two-year term as the president of ACC. Greg Barclay is the current chairman of the ICC. In November 2022, Barclay had been unanimously elected as ICC chairman for a second two-year term that expires this year.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the ACC, was held in Bali, Indonesia on 30 and 31 January. All members of the ACC, including Jay Shah himself, took part in the ACC AGM. According to sources the major agendas were – discussions regarding the venue for the next Asia Cup, that will reportedly be held in the T20 format. United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman are among several contenders to host the next Asia Cup.

The 2023 Asia Cup was held in a hybrid model, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka sharing the hosting rights. India had played all of their matches in Sri Lanka. India had beaten Sri Lanka in the final of that tournament in Colombo.

Another point of discussion during the two-day meeting was regarding the ACC media rights. Disney Star has had the ACC media rights for the last eight years, but that could change given the rapidly changing sports broadcasting industry in India. The ACC has invited a few big broadcasters for a dinner on Tuesday.

Recently, Shah was honoured with the prestigious Sports Business Leader of the Year Award at the CII Sports Business Awards 2023.

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