Cricketers and celebrities congratulate Sourav Ganguly for becoming BCCI President
Former India captain, Sourav Ganguly is set to become the new president of BCCI within a few days. Like in his playing career, there was a lot of drama in electing him at the helm. Ganguly currently holds multiple roles in Indian Cricket and is likely to give up those once he holds the top position.
The 47-year-old, who is currently the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), will have to resign from his post on July 2020, as he will go for a compulsory cooling-off period. After the fixing saga in 2000, Ganguly took over India‘s captaincy and played one of the important roles in taking the team forward. He built the side for the future and led the side admirably during his stint.
Sourav Ganguly’s achievements as an Indian captain:
Finalist of ODI World Cup in 2003 & Champions Trophy in 2000.
Joint winners in Champions Trophy in 2002.
Drawn Test series in England and Australia.
ODI and Test series win in Pakistan.
Issues with Greg Chappel and poor form with the bat led to him stepping down from captaincy. Sourav Ganguly lost his place in the side but he returned to the side within one year and played in the 2007 ODI World Cup. He played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for India and scored more than 18000 international runs. His 16-year long International career ended in 2008 against Australia but continued playing in IPL till 2012.
Sourav Ganguly cleared his vision on becoming the BCCI President and stated his first priority will be to look after the first-class cricket. “For me, my biggest focus will be first-class cricket. I have been very vocal about looking after the first-class players, especially the time they invest.
“First-class cricket is the base, the strength. I have written so many times in the last few years that the remunerations need to increase, and increase manifold. So that’s going to be a priority to set the FC cricket in order. Look at cricket structure, look how governance happens and see smooth functioning happens with no issues,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
After the news spread like a wildfire, cricketers around the world came in with wishes for Sourav Ganguly. From former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu to former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, many cricketers sent good luck tweets to Dada.