Sourav Ganguly formally appointed as BCCI president, ends 33-month tumultuous CoA reign
One of the finest captains of the Indian cricket team, Sourav Ganguly, was formally appointed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday, October 23. Ganguly was officially made the head of the cricketing body in BCCI's Mumbai Headquarters at the General Body Meeting.
Ganguly, who will be the 39th president of the BCCI, will bring an end to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators' (CoA) 33-month reign. The CoA was made in charge of the affairs at the board after Anurag Thakur was dismissed from the top post in January 2017.
Ganguly was the only one to apply for the president's post and will be aided by Union home minister Amit Shah's son Jay as the secretary. Mahim Verma, on the other hand, will be his deputy as he will play the role of the vice-president.
It's official - @SGanguly99 formally elected as the President of BCCI pic.twitter.com/Ln1VkCTyIW— BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2019
Since becoming aware of his new role in the Indian cricketing spectrum, Ganguly had asserted the need to go back to the old system where the BCCI used to get a major share of the ICC's revenue.
"That's one area, we will have to take care of, because in the last 3-4 years, we have not received the kind of money that we deserve. India generates 75-80 per cent of the global cricket revenue, so that is going to be one of the big agendas. Talks and discussions need to happen and we need to find a solution as it is not leading anywhere," Ganguly had said.
#Breaking | Former Indian captain @SGanguly99 takes charge as @BCCI President.— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 23, 2019
TIMES NOW’s Aruneel with details. Listen in. pic.twitter.com/AouoVgBy47
Dada, as Ganguly is commonly known among his peers in the cricket fraternity, will also meet the selection committee on Thursday before the squad for the 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh is announced. One of the major topics of discussion at the meeting is expected to be the future of MS Dhoni who hasn't played for India since the team's semi-final exit at the hands of New Zealand in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Ganguly, however, will only be at the current role for a period of 9 months before the mandatory cooling-off period begins. The legendary captain has been in charge of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) since 2015 and as per the rules, he isn't eligible to hold a position in the administration for more than 6 years on the trot.