Shastri is new NCA chairman; Manohar BCCI President-elect

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Mumbai, Sep 28 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today at its 78th annual general meeting appointed Ravi Shastri as the new chairman of Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy after he agreed in principle to take up the job.

However, the player-turned-TV commentator has sought ''a day or two'' to get back to BCCI and commit himself to the high-profile post after looking into his commitments, BCCI Treasurer N Srinivasan said at a media conference after the meeting.

''Shastri has agreed in principle to take over as NCA chairman but has said he would get back to the Board after seeing into his commitments,'' said Mr Srinivasan.

Mr Srinivasan also formally announced that the AGM elected Vidarbha's Shashank Manohar as President-elect to take over as its 29th president at next September's AGM.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah, however, said no interim president had been decided upon to take over from incumbent Sharad Pawar who chaired today's meeting, when he quits office in June next year to move over to the International Cricket Counil as its president next June.

Mr Shah's statement refuted reports in the media that Baroda Cricket Association's Chirayu Amin would be the interim president of the BCCI from the time Mr Pawar quits and Mr Manohar assumes its reins.

Various committees were appointed at the AGM, including the all-powerful working committee. There were no changes in the senior and junior selection committees which continue from last year with Dilip Vengsarkar and Sanjeev Sharma heading them.

UNI

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