Will do it my way: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as BCCI president
Ganguly formally took charge as the BCCI president on Wednesday (India Today Photo)
- Sourav Ganguly took charge as BCCI President on Wednesday
- Ganguly said that he will lead BCCI the same way he led India on the field
- Ganguly called it an honour to be chosen the new president
Sourav Ganguly, who took over as the 39th president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said he would do things his way at office and promised to deliver a corruption-free board during his tenure.
Indian cricket administration will move on from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to BCCI after Sourav Ganguly was elected board president unopposed.
On Tuesday, Sourav Ganguly and his team formally took charge of the BCCI headquarters. Speaking to the media, Ganguly said there will be no compromises by his administration.
"I will do it my way. I will do it the way with no compromise on credibility, corruption-free and same-for-all BCCI. That's the way I led India and that's the way I will take this organization forward.
"It's a young group and we will have to do a lot of hard work. There were no working committee meetings, I don't know how it has happened last year. We will take note of everything and do it to make sure it's the best for BCCI and Indian cricket. We all must understand we are here to work for BCCI and that the job for us.
"It's the first day I sat on a chair where some stalwarts have sat. It was the same when I became the captain as well. There were some great names who led the country before me. I have a role to do and I will do that to the best of my ability," Ganguly said in Mumbai on Tuesday.
It has been a tumultuous few years for BCCI but Sourav Ganguly said this is a new start for the world's richest cricket board. When Ganguly took over as India captain in 2000, Indian cricket grappled with the fallout of the match-fixing angle.
But Sourav Ganguly led by example and turned India into one of the most consistent and loved teams in the world. Ganguly said he realized the situation when he took over as captain 19 years ago and now when he was taking charge as BCCI president was similar.
"It's an honour that I have been asked to take this role by the members when it's a new start for the BCCI. Coincidentally, fortunately, or unfortunately, when I started out as captain, it was the same state.
"This is a similar sort of situation where things need to be brought back in place, huge amounts of money need to be paid to state associations and reforms need to brought in. It's a new start. From that point of view, I find myself fortunate to be in a position where I can make a change," Ganguly said.