Ganguly takes over as BCCI chief
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday was formally elected as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“It’s official - Sourav Ganguly formally elected as the President of BCCI,” the BCCI tweeted.
The appointment of Ganguly, who has donned many hats, including presiding over the administration of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) became the only contender for the top job that was finalised last week.
Alongwith Ganguly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah was made the secretary. Kerala’s Jayesh George was appointed as BCCI Joint Secretary, while Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand became the new vice-president.
Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur’s younger brother Arun Dhumal became the treasurer.
The appointment of the new BCCI team brings an end to the 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) who were tasked for running the administration of world’s richest cricket body.
Ganguly’s appointment will, however, be a short one as he will have to go in for a cooling off period from September 2020, under the new rules.
The 47-year-old has already stated that taking care of first-class cricketers and setting the house in order will be among his top priorities during the next few months he will serve as the BCCI chief.
Will run BCCI the way I know, the way I led India
Clad in his captain’s navy blue blazer, Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday promised a “corruption-free, same-for-all BCCI”, a philosophy that, he said, guided his tenure as India captain from 2000 to 2005.
Elected unopposed to the top position in the world’s richest cricket Board, the bespectacled 47-year-old also gave enough indications that he would run the show the way he wants and is unlikely to be influenced.
“I will do it the way I know, I will do it the way which I feel is best for the BCCI with no compromise on credibility. Corruption-free and same for all BCCI. That’s the way I led India and that’s the way I will take this organisation forward,” said the man with more than 18,000 international runs under his belt. Hard to miss at his maiden press interaction after taking charge was the India blazer that he was wearing. “I got it when I was captain of India but I did not realise that it is so loose. But I decided I will wear it,” he said as scribes chuckled.
He will be at the helm for nine months because the Supreme Court-mandated reforms require a cooling off period after a six-year run as an office-bearer. Ganguly has already been Cricket Association of Bengal Secretary and President.
Ganguly couldn’t help but recall the time he took over as team captain.
The sport’s integrity was in tatters that year after the 2000 match-fixing scandal and Ganguly was handed the responsibility of resurrecting it.
Resurrection is once again what is required after three years of administrative limbo, incidentally also caused by corruption -- the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. Ironically, Mohammed Azharuddin was at the centre of the 2000 scandal and will now be his Board colleague as Hyderabad Cricket Association President. The two former teammates hugged each other after Wednesday’s meeting.
“Coincidentally, fortunately or unfortunately, there was a similar situation when I took over as captain and captained India for six years,” Ganguly said referring to, what are widely considered, the dark days of Indian cricket.
“It’s a similar sort of a situation where things need to be brought back to place, reforms need to be done, huge amount of money to be paid to state associations so it’s a lot of work,” he added.