In a recent piece of news, Indian Cricket Board secretary Jay Shah returned to the Asian Cricket Council as president for the third consecutive year. His appointment as the chief of the apex governing body of the Asian Cricket was confirmed on Wednesday, January 31. Earlier, just a few days back, the media reports learned that Shah was reportedly leaving ACC to run for the chairmanship of the Cricket Governing Body.
The first proposal for an extension of Shah’s tenure came from the Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva. Later, the proposal was supported unanimously by all the participating members of the Asian Cricket Council who were present there in the annual general meeting of the governing body in Bali.
“I am grateful to the ACC Board for their continued trust" - Jay Shah
Shah also spoke after his appointment as the ACC president for the third consecutive time, he also extended his gratitude to the ACC board for considering him once again for this position. Notably, the apex governing body of Asian Cricket successfully organized the Asia Cup in both T20I and ODI formats in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
“I am grateful to the ACC Board for their continued trust. We must remain committed to ensuring the all-round development of the sport with a special focus on regions where it is still in its infancy. The ACC is committed to nurturing cricket across Asia,” Shah was quoted as saying in a media release.
Furthermore, SLC president Shammi Silva also lauded Shah’s leadership and hailed the steps which have been taken in promoting the emerging cricketing talents in the sub-continent.
“Under Shah's guidance, the ACC has been instrumental in unearthing and promoting new talent in cricketing powerhouses like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka," said Silva.
In the same line of statements, Oman Cricket president and vice-president of ACC, Pankaj Khimji also shared his opinions.
“Today, stakeholders see value in investing in tournaments that the ACC conducts, and I credit him for this major transformation, which will further fuel the growth of the game in the region,” said Khimji.