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I have never stood in a queue as an aspirant, says Ajay Shirke


New Delhi :  His name may be doing the rounds for one of the top two posts in BCCI but Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke today said that he does not believe in “standing in a queue” to get a post in the world’s richest cricket board.

“Let me clarify to you at the beginning that I have never put myself in contention for any top job within the BCCI nor do I have any goals of getting any posts. My name may be doing the rounds as you say, and it might look to many that I am myself pushing my name in the media, which I have never done,” the straight-talking Shirke told PTI over phone from London.

The Maharashtra CA top boss, who has also been a former treasurer of the board, said that he is still not aware about the date of the Special General Meeting scheduled to be held in Mumbai on May 22.

“Since I am in London, I am not aware about the SGM date. If the notice has come from BCCI, it will be at the MCA offic only,” said Shirke.

However, he said that it would not be proper to predict what’s going to happen at this point of time in the BCCI, especially since the Supreme Court is yet to pronounce its verdict.

“How can I predict something sitting 7000 kms away? Also the fact that till the Supreme Court verdict is pronounced, it will be difficult to understand the implications that the order will have on the functioning of the board. If all the recommendations are made final and binding, one cannot predict what exactly will be the formation of the board post SC order,” Shirke said.

Like BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, the former treasurer and IPL governing council member also expressed his concerns over the huge revenue losses that the board will incur if the Lodha Committee recommendation on curtailing of advertisements is implemented.

“Since I was treasurer, I have a fair idea about the board’s financial position. I can tell that two years from now, the BCCI will run into losses if the revenue stream is curtailed as envisaged,” a worried Shirke said.

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