BCCI top job: 'Lobbying' continues with Ganguly in contention
- Ganguly has been camping in New Delhi the last 48 hours as the ruling central government seem to be luring him with a plum post in BCCI.
- Ganguly is learnt to be in serious contention alongside Brijesh Patel and Jay Shah for the post of BCCI president.
- The final list of nominations are expected to arrive by late Sunday evening.
MUMBAI: State elections in West Bengal might still be a year and a half away but between now and then, former India captain and one of Bengal's most famous sons -- Sourav Ganguly -- is being seen as the kingmaker, or the king himself, on multiple fronts.
Ganguly has been camping in New Delhi the last 48 hours as the ruling central government, with an eye on Bengal, seem to be luring the ex-cricketer with a plum post in the BCCI. He is learnt to be in serious contention alongside Karnataka's Brijesh Patel and Gujarat Cricket Association's Jay Shah for the post of BCCI president even if it means Ganguly will be in the chair only for a period of 10 months, thanks to the cooling off period mandated by the Lodha Committee.
"There's been some hectic lobbying on in New Delhi the last 48 to 72 hours. The final decision rests with the centre. We'll get to know by today (Sunday) evening," sources said.
However, as of now, it is mere contention and nothing more as further details come out by Sunday evening. But those tracking developments told TOI on Sunday that "Sourav is very much the frontrunner for the role of BCCI president".
Ganguly is the most popular face in West Bengal and those who track the state's political landscape say "doesn't matter which party, doesn't matter which government, Sourav is a name that cannot be ignored in Bengal. He's charismatic, a fan-favourite, a national icon and always a voice to reckon with in this part of the world".
Sources say keeping that popularity factor in mind, the centre could make way for Ganguly to take control of the board and TOI understands that the final word on the matter will rest with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, other forces in the BCCI, who have been busy fighting the 'big battle' over control of the cricket board over the last three years, have also been camping in the national capital for the same reasons. Former BCCI president N Srinivasan is in Delhi and is learnt to be busy trying to "convince" the centre of the multiple issues that Indian cricket is facing, both at home and in Dubai, where the International Cricket Council (ICC) is based out of.
On that front, Srinivasan has the support of another ex-BCCI president and a minister in the BJP government, Anurag Thakur. Both, Srinivasan and Thakur, in the end, will have a major say in the appointment of office-bearers.
The final list of nominations are expected to arrive by late Sunday evening as October 14 remains the deadline to submit the lists with proposers and seconders.