The BCCI lifted the retirement age limit by five years on Saturday, bringing relief to scores of match officials and support workers who had to depart after turning 60. This decision was made at the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held here. “The age limit for match officials and support staff has been raised to 65 years from 60 years, subject to their fitness,” the BCCI stated in a statement following its 90th Annual General Meeting. Several umpires, scorers, and match officials will benefit from this.

“Now that the criteria are in place, they will have five years to retire,” a Board official told PTI. Many proposals for the growth of cricket in northeastern states, Puducherry, Bihar, and Uttarakhand were passed at the AGM. Each state association has been given a budget of ten crore rupees, and the emphasis will be on developing indoor facilities throughout the country,” the official stated.

Brijesh Patel and MKJ Majumdar have been inducted into the IPL Governing Council, among other decisions made by the Board. “Former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (is there) as the Indian Cricketers Association’s representative on the IPL Governing Council,” the statement reads. The Tours, Fixtures and Technical Committee, the Umpires Committee, and the Differently Abled Cricket Committee have all been formed by the BCCI.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have reached a deal, and India will tour South Africa later this month for three Tests and three One-Day Internationals. On December 26, the first Test will begin. The assurance came from both boards – BCCI and CSA – who had been in lengthy negotiations over the tour’s destiny, which had been jeopardized due to the outbreak of the deadly Omicron virus, a type of Covid-19, in African countries.

The four twenty20 Internationals will be played at a later date, according to the two boards. The series’ locations have still to be determined, however, the first Test, which will take place on Boxing Day, could be staged in Centurion rather than Durban, which has traditionally hosted the Boxing Day Test.