Need you support: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly responds to Harbhajan Singh's congratulatory message

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India Today

Author 2019-10-16 15:16:00

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New BCCI president Sourav Ganguly thanked Harbhajan Singh for his congratulatory tweet (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Harbhajan Singh congratulated new BCCI president Sourav Ganguly
  • Ganguly's nomination has been validated by the BCCI electoral officer
  • The likes of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Laxman have wished Ganguly the best for his new role in cricket administration

Sourav Ganguly is all set to become only the 2nd India cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to don the role of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and it seems his former teammates are excited about the new chapter in Indian cricket.

After a dramatic weekend in which top officials and government representatives met in Mumbai, Sourav Ganguly emerged as the frontrunner for the BCCI president role, piping former India and Karnataka batsman Brijesh Patel. Ganguly filed his nomination for the top job in the Indian cricket body on Monday in Mumbai and is all set to be elected unopposed.

Ganguly's nomination was also validated by BCCI electoral officer N Gopalasawmi and he will be announced as the next president after the BCCI AGM on October 23.

Taking to social media to congratulate his former skipper, Harbhajan Singh wished Sourav Ganguly the best in his new role as BCCI president.

"You are a leader who empower others to be a leader congratulations @SGanguly99 for becoming @BCCI president..I wish you all the best going forward..(sic), Harbhajan Singh wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Replying to Harbhajan's Tweet, Sourav Ganguly said he needs the World Cup-winning off-spinners support.

"Thank u bhajju ...need your support in the same manner as u bowled from one end for india to win matches .."

Harbhajan and Ganguly shared a great rapport during their heydays as India cricket team stars. While Harbhajan made his debut as early as 1998, the off-spinner rose to prominence under Ganguly's captaincy in the 2000s.

Meanwhile, Ganguly's former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman also took to social media to congratulate the Kolkata hero on his elevation as BCCI president.

"Congrats on being elected the @BCCI President, Dadi. I am sure you will continue to serve Indian Cricket like you always have. Best wishes to the new team that will take charge," Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.

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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