Asian Cricket Council appoints Jay Shah as new president
Asian Cricket Council controls the cricketing activities in the continent of Asia. Jay Shah happens to be the current secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He has replaced Nazmul Hassan Papon, who is the head of Bangladesh Cricket Board.
In an exciting turn of events, the Asian Cricket Council has appointed Jay Shah as the organisation’s new president. Shah, the reigning secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has become the 28th ACC president.
Shah is also the youngest administrator on board for ACC. The ACC confirmed the same through its Twitter handle, where it mentioned, “The ACC is delighted to announce that Mr Jay Shah, Hon. Secretary, BCCI has been appointed as its new president. Mr Shah is the youngest person ever to be appointed to the office. We look forward to working under his energetic and dynamic leadership to take cricket in Asia to new heights!”
Later, BCCI too confirmed the same through a statement. Shah, who was virtually present in the ACC Annual General Meeting, said, “I accept this honour and I thank my esteemed colleagues at the BCCI for nominating me and considering me worthy of this prestigious position. Formed with a view to organise, develop and promote the sport in the region, the ACC has steadily grown in stature. The ACC continues to foster healthy rivalry among some of the biggest cricket playing nations while it also takes the sport deeper into the smaller pockets. We must remain committed to this cause and ensure there is an all-round development in the region.”
“The pandemic has posed enormous challenges, but history has shown that innovation often arises in periods of adversity and we must adapt and innovate to stay ahead. While I have noticed that most Boards have again started their cricketing operations with their senior team, the challenge still remains with women’s cricket and age-group cricket. The ACC has done pioneering work in both women’s cricket and age-group with the multiple tournaments it conducts across the year and we must build on this,” he added.
Reigning BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, too, congratulated Shah on the new role, as he noted, “I congratulate Mr Jay Shah for being appointed the new ACC President. We have worked closely, and I am well aware of his plans and vision to develop the game of cricket. I have personally experienced the zeal with which he worked to bring a turnaround in Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and North-eastern states in setting up the cricketing infrastructure and setting up the ecosystem. It is definitely a challenging phase, but I am confident he will successfully navigate the challenges posed by the virus. The BCCI will extend every help and will play a big role in rebuilding and restructuring of the cricketing activities in Asia.”