Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly has finally been unanimously elected as the new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president on Wednesday in Mumbai.
Sourav officially took over the charge as the new head at the apex body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier today.
The 47-year-old Ganguly was officially entrusted with the task of heading Indian cricket for the next nine months at the BCCI’s General Body meeting ending a tumultuous 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).
The BCCI posted on its Twitter page that, “It’s official – @SGanguly99 formally elected as the President of BCCI,”
Ganguly’s appointment was finalised last week. In the meeting that was also a reunion of sorts for some of the familiar faces associated with the board before the CoA’s institution.
Along with Sourav Ganguly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah was chosen unanimously as the BCCI secretary. Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur was made the new BCCI treasurer and Kerala Cricket Association president Jayesh George was elected as the joint secretary. Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand became the new vice-president.
Brijesh Patel is now set to become the chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL). Ganguly is the second Indian cricketer ever after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to take up the role of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president.
He was part of the BCCI’s technical panel in the past and also part of a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee, alongside Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
Sourav Ganguly made it clear that his first priority will be to look after first-class cricketers and improve the standard of domestic cricket in the country. After a tumultuous period of administration under the CoA, Ganguly also said he is keen on making the sure BCCI’s image is repaired.
“My first priority will be to look after first class cricketers. I had requested to the CoA and they have not listened. Ranji Trophy cricket will be the focus. To take care of cricketers’ financial interest,”
he said after his name was finalized in an informal meeting of BCCI state units.
The “Prince of Kolkata” played 113 Test matches, 311 one-day internationals matches and captained India to 21 Test victories.Under Ganguly, India were able to break the 16-Test winning streak of Australia at the Eden Gardens. The match is fondly remembered as one of the greatest witnessed in the sport.
The former cricketer and commentator also headed the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and will resign from his post next year in September 2020 to undergo a necessary cooling off period.
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