New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley is in line to become the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2014, as the cricketing body is planning constitutional changes to enable the elevation of Jaitley.
CNN-IBN has accessed the BCCI draft of the proposed amendments, which could enable the BJP leader to contest from the East Zone in 2014.
Jaitley is currently the vice president from the North Zone and as per the current rules, he can contest only in 2017.
Plenty is going on behind the scenes ahead of the special general meeting of the board on September 15.
The letter to this effect from Board Secretary Sanjay Jagdale says, "To consider and approve with or without modification the proposed amendments to the Memorandum of Rules and Regulations of the Board as recommended by the working committee which are enclosed."
Sources close to the development have told CNN-IBN that the proposed amendment is aimed at easing the rules for election to the post of President while at the same time allowing a deserving candidate to contest from a zone that itself may not be able to field a suitable candidate.
Under current rules, BCCI presidents are elected by rotation with each zone getting an opportunity for the top post. And by rotation, it is East Zone's turn to put up a candidate in 2014. However, the proposed amendment allows any zone to nominate a candidate from another zone too.
As per the current norms, Jaitley can only contest in 2017, when the North Zone gets its chance under the rotation system. However, if the amendments go through, Jaitley can be in the job in 2014 itself. The all important question is if two-thirds of the BCCI's general body approves of the change, as required under the constitution.
Quite clearly, if the amendments go through, it will be a significant moment in the board's history. For now, BCCI bosses are preparing to roll the dice in what could be a new era in the governance of the game in India.
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