Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has been unanimously elected as the next BCCI President but will only serve as President for the next 9 months based on an agreement made behind closed doors.
Powerful Names Take Over BCCI
The BCCI was set to conduct elections next week and vote in the new BCCI President. The two main candidates in the running was Sourav Ganguly who was backed by former BCCI President Anurag Thakur who is a member of the ruling BJP party and also an MP. The second powerful lobby was led by another former BCCI president in N Srinivasan who was backing Brijesh Patel.
N Srinivasan and Sourav Ganguly are reported to have met with Union Minister Amit Shah and after the meeting, everyone decided to back Ganguly unanimously as the next BCCI president. Amit Shah has also ensured that his son Jay Shah will serve as the BCCI secretary. Brijesh Patel has been given the role as chairman of the IPL Governing Council.
Ganguly Clear About His Priorities
Ganguly knows that he has a very short period of time as BCCI President but he is determined to make the most of his appointment and make some radical changes for the good of the game.
His first priority is the to continue to develop first class cricket in India and ensure that first class cricketers are taken care off financially by the BCCI. He is expected to call a meeting with all key stakeholders to address this issue as a priority.
In a statement, S Ganguly said “We will speak to everyone first as we take a decision but my biggest priority will be to look after first class cricketers. I had requested that to the CoA for three years and they did not listen. That’s the first thing I will do, look after the financial health of our first-class cricketers”.
Ganguly is a tad disappointed that the appointment is less than a year but said he would cross that bridge when the time came. He realizes that the BCCI’s reputation has taken a beating during the last couple of years and he wants to ensure things change for the better under his leadership.
This is another great feat for the Bengal Tiger who is the first captain in the last 65 years to become the BCCI President. While Ganguly was happy with being unanimously voted in, he said nothing can beat the honour of captaining India.