Sourav Ganguly most qualified to take over: Vinod Rai
NEW DELHI: Vinod Rai, chairman of the erstwhile Committee of Administrators (CoA), is satisfied with the way his team has helmed Indian cricket's affairs since January 2017.
"I am feeling relieved and satisfied after handing over the cricket administration to five former cricketers - Sourav Ganguly, Brijesh Patel, Shantha Rangaswamy, Mohammed Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid," Rai told TOI on Wednesday.
Rai sounded satisfied that 32 states out of 35 voting associations co-operated in implementing the Lodha reforms and expressed confidence that the likes of Ganguly would continue to bring in transparency. "Some things which CoA managed to do is redefining players' compensation - women players' compensation which is increased from Rs 12 to Rs 50 lakh along with women's IPL. And were able to bring in huge transparency in management and governance of the game," Rai said.
"I am also delighted that Ganguly, one of India's most successful captains, has taken over as the BCCI president. He is the best cricket administrator in the country and most qualified to take over. He has the experience of tacking the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for five years," Rai added. Rai also said that Ganguly could continue with his endorsements and TV shows.
Did Rai have any inkling the CoA would take such a long time to implement the Lodha reforms? "No, I didn't know it would take such a long time. It dragged on because of so many interlocutory applications from different state bodies that delayed the process," he explained.