BCCI new President declares his first priority of work in 2019

Tanya Simon
October 14, 2019

The nine-member Apex Council of the BCCI will constitute a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, joint secretary; male representative of the cricketers' association; a female representative; a representative from the IPL Governing Council and a representative from the central government (CAG).

He is already ready with his to-do list.

For someone, who has won many close ODIs for India, Ganguly was emotionally intrigued by how the board room politics worked. Dhumal is the younger brother of MoS Finance and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur.

While Ganguly's name is still doing the rounds for the position of President, it is believed that Jay and Brijesh could be slightly ahead in the race with the latter becoming the President and Jay taking on the role of Secretary. However, a few hours later he emerged as the favourite, receiving the backing of the two former BCCI presidents, Srinivasan and Thakur.

"I didnt know I would be the President when I came down". You [reporters] asked me and I told you it's Brijesh and when I went up, I came to know it has changed.

Monday is the last date for filing nominations for the office bearers' posts and the five candidates are set to do the same in person.

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In the AGM meeting, Ganguly will represent the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), while Rajat Sharma and Mohammed Azharuddin will attend as the representatives of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and Hyderabad Cricket Association, respectively. "It´s a great opportunity for me to do something good", he said. "Whether you are elected unopposed or otherwise, it's a big responsibility because it is the biggest organisation in the world of cricket".

The choice was between Ganguly and Patel and after weeks of lobbying and hectic parleys, the latter was finally accepted as an unanimous candidate following an unofficial meeting between representatives of various state associations.

Mamata praised Ganguly and said that he has not just made India, but also Bengal proud.

According to recent media reports, Sourav Ganguly is likely to be elected as the BCCI president unopposed.

"Financially, India is a cricketing powerhouse, so it will be a challenge", Ganguly added.

For now, Ganguly is looking at the bigger picture. Its image has got hampered quite a lot.

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