Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala, the former Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP), has been appointed the new head of the BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit. He succeeds Ajit Singh Shekhawat, who served until March 31.
The IPS officer from the 1973 batch will now fly to Chennai for the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Khandwawala's appointment was confirmed by a top BCCI official. T he board gave former Rajasthan DGP Shekhawat a two-month extension, but he declined. He will, however, be supporting the new ACU head in studying how the unit functions, according to sources. It's unclear if the BCCI has given Khandwawala a three-year contract.
“His (Khandwawala’s) appointment was done last month itself. The board wanted Ajit Singh to continue during the IPL but he didn’t accept the offer,” a board official said.
The BCCI, on the other hand, has defied the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, which is led by Vinod Rai.
The BCCI invited applications for the position of ACU head in 2018, with the requirement that applicants be under the age of 62 as of November 1, 2018. Khandwawala, who is now 70 years old, retired as Gujarat's DGP in 2010.
The BCCI did not invite any applications for the position, and the appointment was made from within the organisation.
The ACU head is in charge of supervising investigations and inquiries, investigating complaints directed to the post, gathering information and liaising with police authorities, and ensuring that anti-corruption initiatives are in place during the BCCI's various tournaments. He must also work with police to organise security measures for both domestic and foreign tournaments.