President Wickremesinghe reaches out to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah

President Wickremesinghe reaches out to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah

In response to escalating allegations linking him to the crisis in Sri Lankan cricket, President Ranil Wickremesinghe initiated a phone call with Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Tourism Minister Harin Fernando confirmed the conversation during a parliamentary session on Wednesday, emphasizing the President’s concern over the matter.

It is very rare that a head of state would call someone else other than a head of state on a matter concerning the state

Minister Fernando lamented the politicization of the Sri Lankan cricket crisis, fearing its potential to strain diplomatic relations with India. The controversy arose from former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga’s accusations that Jay Shah had orchestrated the downfall of Sri Lankan cricket.

There is no information on the response from  BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s respons

to Ranil Wickramasingha.

Ranatunga, a World Cup-winning legend, pointed to the purported close ties between Jay Shah and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials as the root cause of the sport’s decline.

Jay Shah is an Indian businessman and cricket administrator who currently serves as the Honorary Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). He is the youngest person to hold the position of BCCI secretary.

In 2017, The Wire, an Indian news website, published an article alleging that Shah’s company’s revenue increased by 16,000 times after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India. Shah filed a defamation case against The Wire and the Gujarat High Court subsequently imposed a gag order on the website, preventing it from publishing any content connecting Shah’s businesses to Modi.
In 2019, the Supreme Court of India appointed a committee to investigate the alleged conflict of interest between Shah’s role as BCCI Secretary and his business interests. The committee’s report has not yet been made public.
Unprofessionalism of Sha:
In 2023, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) accused Shah of unprofessional behaviour after he revealed the schedule of the Asia Cup 2023 ahead of an official PCB ceremony in Lahore. The PCB felt that Shah’s actions undermined its authority and disrupted the build-up to the tournament.
In 2023, Shah was criticized for declining an offer to hold the Indian national flag after India’s victory over Pakistan in a thrilling cricket match. Some critics accused Shah of disrespecting the national flag, while others defended him, stating that he was following protocol as ACC President.

Related Articles