BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly labels financial health of first-class cricketers as his biggest priority

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Author 2019-10-14 14:00:49


Emerging as the consensus candidate to become the next president of the BCCI, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday said that he is pleased to become the frontrunner for the appointment and will be keen to look after the case of the first-class cricketers. The apex cricket board in India is on verge to become a democracy this month following the three years of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) - a four-member panel nominated to take care of the BCCI to implement Lodha Committee reforms.

Ganguly is the nominee from the Cricket Association of Bengal and will be contesting the upcoming BCCI elections for the post of the board president. While the former India skipper's bid for the post is expected to remain unchallenged, ex-India batsman Brijesh Patel is heavily tipped to claim the post of the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

'BCCI's image has got hampered quite a lot'

Speaking to media for the first time after eclipsing Patel in a two-horse for the prestigious post, the new BCCI president-elect said that taking over the apex board will be a great opportunity to do something good for the Indian cricket. The former cricketer will eventually have to resign from the office next year in the month of July as his tenure will only last for nine-month due to a mandatory cooling-off period.

"Obviously, it's a great feeling as I have played for the country and captained the country. And I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position for the last three years. Its image has got hampered quite a lot. It's a great opportunity for me to do something good," Ganguly told news agency PTI.

Biggest priority will be to look after first-class cricketers

While sharing his concerns of looking after the domestic cricket, Ganguly revealed what will be his biggest priority during his short stint. The 47-year-old vowed to take care of the financial health of players in the domestic circuit.

"We will speak to everyone first as we take a decision but my biggest priority will be to look after first-class cricketers. I had requested that to the CoA for three years and they didn't listen. That's the first thing I will do, look after the financial health of our first-class cricketers," said Ganguly, who captained India in the 2003 World Cup final.

'Jagmohan Dalmiya has been like a father to me'

The Prince of Kolkata also asserted that he never imagined stepping in the shoes of former boss - late Jagmohan Dalmiya. Ganguly got emotional while talking about the ex-boss of the apex board. "I have never imagined so (that I will be in shoes of late Jagmohan Dalmiya). He has been like a father to me. There has been some great presidents of BCCI, Mr Srinivasan, Anurag, who have done a great job," he said.


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