In a momentous recognition of his outstanding contributions to the world of cricket administration, Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), was bestowed with the prestigious Best Sports Business Leader award at the inaugural CII Sports Business Awards 2023.
Jay Shah has been a pivotal figure in steering Indian cricket towards greater heights, and this accolade is a testament to his remarkable leadership and vision for the sport. One of the key milestones attributed to Shah’s leadership is the pivotal role he played in addressing the pay disparity between male and female cricketers in India. Under his guidance, the BCCI took a groundbreaking step to bridge the pay gap, signaling a significant move towards gender equality in the realm of cricket.
The decision to end pay disparity garnered widespread acclaim as it underscored a commitment to the growth and development of women’s cricket in the country. Jay Shah’s proactive approach to promoting inclusivity and equality within the cricketing fraternity has set a commendable precedent for other cricket boards around the world.
Beyond championing gender equality, Jay Shah has been instrumental in ensuring the seamless execution of major cricketing events. His presence during the ICC World Cup 2023 was notable, emphasizing his hands-on approach to overseeing the smooth conduct of the tournament. As a leader, Jay Shah’s involvement in such high-profile events reflects his dedication to the overall progress and success of Indian cricket on the global stage.
Looking ahead, Jay Shah has expressed a keen interest in fostering cricket at the grassroots level. His vision involves implementing measures that will not only strengthen the foundation of the sport but also provide opportunities for budding talents across the country. By prioritizing grassroots development, Shah aims to build a sustainable structure that ensures the continual growth and success of Indian cricket at all levels.