The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal has confirmed president Sourav Ganguly will not attend the ICC Board meeting later this month. Dhumal stated that BCCI secretary Jay Shah will be attending the meeting in the place of Ganguly. Also Read - IND vs AUS: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Announces Rs 5 Crore as Team Bonus After India's Memorable Series-Win Down Under
He further said that Ganguly is currently recovering from the minor heart attack which he suffered last week and he has been advised to rest by the doctors. Also Read - BCCI Must Pay Tax & Host T20 World Cup in India: Ex-Treasurer Kishore Rungta
The convention at ICC meetings is that board presidents of member nations attend the Board of Directors meeting while secretary attends Chief Executives Meeting (CEC). Also Read - India vs Australia Sydney Test | Racism Has no Place in Our Great Sport: BCCI Secretary Jay Shah
The secretary is also an Alternate Director at the ICC board.
“Our secretary (Shah) will be representing BCCI at the next ICC board meeting as Dada is recovering and has been advised rest. This is only for this meeting,” Dhumal clarified to PTI after conflicting reports emerged about change of BCCI representation at the ICC Board.
“Since the secretary will attend the board meet, I was asked to attend the ICC CEC meet which was virtually held recently,” Dhumal said.
It is understood that the 2021 T20 World Cup in India will be one of the main issues discussed in the meeting.
On January 2, Ganguly suffered a mild heart attack and was admitted at a Kolkata hospital where he underwent angioplasty.
Meanwhile, Shah condemned the racial abuse incident from the Sydney Test on Sunday and said “acts of discrimination will not be tolerated” since racism has no place in sport and society.
“Racism has no place in our great sport or in any walk of society. I’ve spoken to @CricketAus and they have ensured strict action against the offenders. @BCCI and Cricket Australia stand together. These acts of discrimination will not be tolerated,” Shah tweeted.
The play was halted for several minutes on Sunday afternoon after the Indian team made a complaint regarding abuse from a section of the crowd in the Brewongle Stand concourse. At least six members of the crowd were then removed from the stands by the New South Wales Police.