'Narendra Modi wave' reaches BCCI: Amit Shah set for a top post

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: May 15 2014, 13:38pm hrs
Exit poll results predicting a Narendra Modi government have triggered talk of impending change in the BCCI as well. The so-far sidelined Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), of which Modi is president, is suddenly being seen as an influential unit of the board. And BCCI members have little doubt that Amit Shah, BJP general secretary and GCA vice-president, will replace Mumbai Cricket Associations Ravi Savant as the BCCIs vice-president from West Zone during the annual general body meeting in September.

GCA joint secretary Rajesh Patel said groundwork for Shahs move to the BCCI is complete. Shah is eligible for a vice-presidents post in the BCCI. He has attended two BCCI annual general body meetings, Patel said.

While Shah and Modi have been busy with the BJPs election campaign, Shahs 27-year-old son Jay, himself a joint secretary in the GCA, has been calling the shots in the state body, and has also attended BCCI meetings.

A top BCCI official agreed with Patel. Shahs entry as a BCCI vice-president is a formality, no opposition can be expected. He will surely play a decisive role in the BCCI in case Modi comes to power, the official said.

While West Zone units Saurashtra, Baroda, Maharashtra and Mumbai have dissented against BCCI president N Srinivasan, Gujarat has remained neutral, which is likely to make Shahs entry into the top hierarchy of the Indian board easier. The last BCCI vice-president from the GCA was Narhari Amin, a one-time Congress leader who has now joined the BJP. Interestingly, it was Amin whom Modi replaced as GCA president.

Patel said GCA will benefit from a Modi prime ministership. If Modi becomes the PM, it will be a great and proud moment for us in the GCA. We will be getting special attention from the board, Patel said.