Sourav Ganguly Draws Parallels Between Becoming BCCI Chief & Captain
Addressing a press conference after taking over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president on Wednesday, Sourav Ganguly stated that this was a similar situation to when he became the captain of the Indian team. Citing that things needed to be brought back into place, he mentioned that it was a completely new start. Furthermore, he mentioned that reforms needed to be undertaken and money had to be paid to state associations. Admitting that it was a challenging task, the former Indian skipper asserted that he could bring about a change.
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Ganguly remarked, “First of all, I would like to say that this is an honour that I have been asked to take this role by the members when it is a new start for the BCCI. Coincidentally, fortunately, or unfortunately, even when I became captain, there was a similar sort of situation. When I captained India for 6 years, there was a similar sort of situation where you know, things need to be brought back in place. Reforms need to be done. There is a huge amount of money that needs to be paid to the state associations. It is a completely new start. So, from that point of view, I find myself fortunate to be in a position where I can make a change and it is a challenge. And I will do it the way I know. I will do it the way which I think is best for the BCCI.”
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'Its image has got hampered'
The former Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president’s election as the BCCI president was a formality on Wednesday as no other candidate filed his nomination for the post. A 5-hour long meeting of key BCCI stakeholders had zeroed in on Ganguly’s name over former cricketer Brijesh Patel. He had a stellar career, scoring 11,363 runs in 311 One-Day internationals at an average of 41.02 and nearly helping India win the 2003 World Cup. Interestingly, he spoke about the BCCI’s state of affairs even on October 14.
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"And I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position for the last three years. Its image has got hampered quite a lot. It's a great opportunity for me to do something good," he said.
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