New Delhi: Various BCCI state units “welcomed” the Supreme Court directive on Friday, which allowed them to hold elections in their respective associations. The latest Supreme Court directive restricts the disqualification from contesting elections to office-bearers only, leaving the other positions as they were earlier. A few days back, Committee of Administrators (CoA) in their electoral directive had mentioned that even the tenure of service in the Working Committee will be calculated to determine the ‘cooling off’ period, which would effectively put an end to Sourav Ganguly (CAB president) and Jay Shah’s (GCA secretary) hopes of re-election. The Supreme Court on Friday also allowed the TNCA to hold elections to elect office bearers but said the results will be subject to its decision. A bench comprising Justices S A Bode and L Nageswara Rao said the state cricket associations can go ahead with the elections but will not declare the results. It will be subject to the order of this court and legal remedies will be available to parties. The bench, in its interim order, further directed that disqualification norms “shall remain confined to office bearers only”. “It is a welcome move. One needs to wait for the complete order and study the finer details before commenting.Having said that, we are happy that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has listened to state association’s plea and provided much-needed relief and breathing space,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya told PTI. The TNCA also welcomed the Supreme Court’s directive. “We had sought a clarification on certain issues and it has come. The elections will be conducted. The TNCA will hold a meeting in a couple of days to discuss the court direction and conduct of the elections,” a senior TNCA source said. Also Read | CoA Show Causes BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary For Not Attending ICC, ACC MeetingsThe CoA counsel during Friday’s hearing alleged that the TNCA was amongst few associations, which have not complied with the Constitution of the BCCI as per August 9, 2018 judgement. In that regard, the SC judgement is a shot in the arm for Tamil Nadu as N Srinivasan, despite being disqualified as per Lodha norms, will remain relevant in the BCCI power game. Also Read | Good News for Rajasthan Cricketers! BCCI Lifts RCA’s SuspensionWhile the CoA members were not available for comments, a source close to the SC-appointed committee said that the BCCI elections will go on as per schedule. “The CoA has no intention of rescheduling BCCI AGM from October 22. Once elections are over, they will submit a report in a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court and their function ends then and there,” the source said on Friday.However, there are still some doubts as to whether they can hold AGM by October 22 as some state units might not be able to conduct their polls by September 28 deadline. The apex court on Friday also ruled that the 21-day notice period for holding elections will be waived subject to discretion of the Amicus Curiae PS Narsimha. In case, some of the state units delay their elections, then the AGM may be deferred by a few days or weeks. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
‘We are delighted to announce the signing of Sanchez from Arsenal’London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United on Monday confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world,” said 29-year-old Chile international forward Sanchez.“I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.“The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.“I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”Sanchez is expected to be the highest ever paid player in the Premier League, with British media reporting a pre-tax salary of £500,000 ($695,000, 567,000 euros) a week.A natural on the pitch AND in front of the cameras! ? #Alexis7 pic.twitter.com/xRprFt6YAQ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018The swap deal that sees Armenia international winger Mkhitaryan, also 29, head to the Emirates following a mixed 18 months at Old Trafford had been expected for several days.Sanchez had joined Arsenal in 2014 for £31.7 million after three years at Barcelona.“Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players,” said United manager Jose Mourinho.“He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige. “I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.”The perfect #MondayMotivation! [email protected]_Sanchez #Alexis7 pic.twitter.com/XV1u2VOHvr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018Mkhitaryan joined United for around £30 million in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund.Arsenal also published the news of the swap deal on their website.“I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here,” said Mkhitaryan.“It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history.”Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger added: “Henrikh is a very complete player. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well.“I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.”We are delighted to announce the signing of @Alexis_Sanchez from Arsenal.Full details: https://t.co/nUitNnNbV9 pic.twitter.com/S3ft22e7Jo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018Share on: WhatsApp