BCCI AGM: Bad T20 World Cup show, South Africa tour on the agenda | Cricket news

KOLKATA: BCCI members are likely to introspect as well as assess the way forward for Indian cricket at the 90th annual general meeting in the city on Saturday. While Team India’s poor show at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates appears on the agenda with 24 items in the General Assembly, members are likely to take stock of the situation in South Africa while discussing item (T) on the ‘Update’ agenda on the Future Tours Program ‘.
The Virat Kohli-led side is scheduled to leave for South Africa on December 8 night, but voters have so far not even announced the troops as the BCCI learned to wait for a government approval after several countries imposed travel restrictions on the South. Africa after the tracking of a new variant of Covid-19, Omicron, last month. As South Africa has recorded a significant increase in cases over the last 24 hours, BCCI is in negotiations with the government to get clarity before deciding to send the team. Cricket South Africa is eager to take the tour and has promised foolproof bio-bubble to the Indian cricketers. But BCCI have learned not to be in the mood to get a repeat of the canceled Manchester Test during their last England tour in September. Covid cases in the camp led to the postponement of the fifth test in the series.
The SA series of three tests is scheduled to begin on December 17 to be followed by as many ODIs and T20Is. While a few members are in favor of a shortened trip, others want the trip shelved in the current scenario. Members will also receive feedback from the ‘A’ team management, who are currently in South Africa.
The general meeting may also decide the dates of the IPL auction following the introduction of two new franchises and the completion of the players’ retention list. The board has delayed the announcement of the date as it wants complete clarity on the status of CVC Capital Partners, which has risen into controversy after buying the new Ahmedabad franchise for their alleged links with betting companies. The Solicitor General of India had advised BCCI to form a committee to look into the matter and the IPL Governing Council is likely to give a formal nod to the new franchise.
When Rahul Dravid takes over as senior India coach, the appointment of VVS Laxman as head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) along with Troy Cooley as permanent bowling coach and other appointments will be ratified.

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