Cricket - Featured - October 14, 2019

Sourav Ganguly is likely set to take office as President of the BCCI: Reports

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly may be made the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He is considered to be ahead in the race against former cricketer Brijesh Patel.

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After Brijesh Patel appeared to have taken the desired role, former captain Sourav Ganguly emerged in a dramatic turn as BCCI’s new president. Jay Shah, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son will be take up the role of Secretary. Arun Dhumal who is set to become the treasurer is the younger brother of MoS Finance and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur. 

According to reports, the BCCI elections will take place on October 23. Monday (October 14) is the last day to file nomination, but no election will take place as all candidates have emerged unchallenged after weeks of lobbying and hectic parleys.

Sourav Ganguly, who is currently serving as President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), will have to vacate his position in September, 2020 when he will go into the compulsory cooling-off period.

One of India’s finest captains, the 47-year-old Ganguly, will turn a new leaf for ten months, although a Chapter in the Indian cricket will be created. Meanwhile, 67-year-old Brijesh Patel, who seemed to be his most worthy opponent and perhaps the next president of the BCCI, has played 21 test matches for India.

It is worth noting that the new authority figures elected to the various positions of the BCCI will take over their positions and responsibilities following the AGM (annual general meeting) which is scheduled on October 23, 2019.

Ganguly, too, faced a situation similar to that of his Administrative Guru, former President of the BCCI, Late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who walked out in the last moment with flying colours.

Brijesh Patel misses out on becoming President of the BCCI. [Photo Courtesy: FirstPost]

“Yes, Brijesh was running for the President’s post with N Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him. We are happy Sourav is the new President,” a senior official from North East affiliated unit, told PTI.

The choice for President’s post was always between Ganguly and Patel and the former Indian skipper was finally accepted as a unanimous candidate.

Sources say that Brijesh Patel could decorate the position of IPL chairman and that decision might be taken on October 23, 2019, at the BCCI’s AGM.

When the new officeholders take office, the 33-month term of authority figures will end, calling shots in cricket affairs in the country after the Lodha Committee reforms.

Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad beat Kirti Azad to be elected as male ICA representative on BCCI’s nine-member Apex Council. Shanta Rangaswamy was earlier elected unopposed as female ICA representative.

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