Great signs for Indian cricket: Virender Sehwag congratulates new BCCI president Sourav Ganguly

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India Today

Author 2019-10-15 15:30:00

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Virender Sehwag to Sourav Ganguly: May this stint bevan extension of the tremendous contribution to Indian cricket (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sourav Ganguly to be elected unopposed as BCCI president
  • Ganguly filed his nomination in Mumbai on Monday
  • Virender Sehwag congratuled his former captain and new BCCI president

Former India opener Virender Sehwag took to social media on Tuesday to congratulate his former teammate Sourav Ganguly who will soon take over as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president.

Sourav Ganguly filed his nomination for the post of BCCI president on Monday. The former India captain will be elected unanimously for the top job as he was the lone candidate to file the nomination.

"Congratulations Dada. Der hai Andher nahi. Great signs for Indian Cricket. May this stint be an extension of the tremendous contribution you have already had on Indian cricket," Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter.

After a lot of drama, Sourav Ganguly piped Brijesh Patel to emerge as the frontrunner for the post of BCCI president. With Ganguly emerging as the unanimous choice after the representatives of the state units met on Sunday, elections scheduled for October 23 are unlikely to take place.

Ganguly's former teammate VVS Laxman also congratulated the newly-elcted BCCI president. "Congrats @SGanguly99 on becoming the President of @BCCI I have got no doubt that under your leadership Indian Cricket will continue to prosper. Wishing you lots of success in your new role Dada," Laxman wrote.

Speaking after filing his nomination on Monday, Sourav Ganguly told India Today that he wants to get the system back in order. Notably, the Supreme Court appointed a 3-member commmitttee, Committee of Administrators which oversaw the operations of the BCCI for 33 months.

"The organization belongs to the members and they had no say in the last three years. There were reforms. There were court cases, tussles going on and to be honest there was no connection. Nobody knew when things would get solved and how things would go forward. From that point of view, I have never seen anything like this. We will get the system back in order," Sourav Ganguly said.

Sourav Ganguly also said he will work hard to make sure BCCI gets the recognistion it deserves from the International Cricket Council.

"We will have to get BCCI at the ICC back where we belong. There have been a lot of issues for good four-five years. BCCI is so important to the ICC. It not only generates the funds; which is one part but the popularity of the game matters. India is unbelievable and has a huge role to play in ICC and we need to be respected which at the moment is not happening."

Along with Sourav Ganguly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son, Jay Shah was chosen unanimously as the BCCI secretary.

Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, has filed his nomination for the treasurer's position and Kerala Cricket Association president Jayesh George has filed nomination for the joint secretary's post in the apex body of Indian cricket.

Brijesh Patel is now set to become the chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL).

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