BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has been unanimously reappointed for a third consecutive term as President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) at the organization's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Bali, Indonesia. The proposal for Shah's extension, put forward by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Shammi Silva, received unanimous support from all ACC members.
Expressing gratitude for the continued trust, Shah emphasized the commitment to fostering the all-round development of cricket in regions where it is still in its early stages. Shah, who has been the BCCI secretary since 2019, initially took over as ACC president in January 2021, becoming the youngest administrator to be re-appointed to the role.
Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva commended Shah's pivotal role in driving significant progress in promoting and developing cricket across the Asian region. Silva acknowledged Shah's proven track record in boosting finances through commercial and broadcast deals and channelizing those resources to uplift associate members within the organization.
Pankaj Khimji, ACC Vice-President and Chairman of Oman Cricket, lauded Jay Shah's passion, enthusiasm, and leadership qualities. Khimji credited Shah for fostering a collaborative spirit among Member Boards and transforming the financial and commercial standing of the ACC, making tournaments conducted by the ACC more appealing to stakeholders.
Under Shah's leadership, the ACC achieved substantial progress in promoting and developing cricket across Asia, organizing events such as the Men’s and Women’s Asia Cup, Emerging Teams’ tournaments, and U19 competitions. The Asia Cup, in particular, has become a highly sought-after continental tournament in world cricket.
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan, also serving as an ACC Executive Board Member, applauded Jay Shah's reappointment, highlighting his role in elevating the Asia Cup to its current prominence. Hassan expressed confidence in the continued growth and prosperity of cricket in Asia under Jay Shah's leadership.
Mirwais Ashraf, Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman and ACC Executive Board Member, praised Shah's leadership as a catalyst for the growth and popularity of cricket within the Asian cricketing community. Ashraf acknowledged Shah's financial prudence and expressed full support for another successful term for the ACC under Shah's guidance.
(With Agency Inputs)