Chennai: In a significant move which will have far-reaching implications, the BCCI on Saturday amended its constitution to do away with the zonal rotational policy for electing its president and allow a second term to office bearers subject to re-election.
The proposals were passed by more than three-fourth majority at a Special General Meeting here, virtually paving the way for some of the senior officials to occupy or retain key positions in the Board.
The decision to do away with the zonal rotation policy means that East Zone, whose turn it was to nominate a president after N Srinivasan finished his tenure in September 2014 can nominate a suitable candidate from other zone if two state units from east propose that particular candidate's name.
In the new scenario also there was a chance of a contest but BCCI's trends show that decisions are more or less unanimous.
The decision effectively means that decks are now cleared for senior BJP leader and leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley to take over as the BCCI president from September 2014.
An eminent lawyer, Jaitley's legal opinions have played an important role in BCCI's functioning and is seen as one of the most acceptable faces among the presidential candidates.
Had the existing rule been in place, Jaitley who represents DDCA would have only been eligible in 2017 as it would be North Zone's turn then.
The decision to do away with zonal system is primarily due to the fact that two zones --- namely East and Central don't have candidates of suitable stature for the post.