Indian cricket fans were delighted as news broke that former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is set to become the new BCCI president. This was after Ganguly was unanimously nominated for the position by BCCI members.
On Monday, the current CAB president filed his nomination papers in Mumbai as he looks all set to assume charge as the new BCCI President. He was joined by former BCCI presidents Niranjan Shah, N Srinivasan and former IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.
Sourav Ganguly after filing his nomination for post of BCCI President, in Mumbai: To be in a position where I can make a difference along with team would be extremely satisfying. Hopefully in next few months we can put everything in place & bring back normalcy in Indian cricket. pic.twitter.com/s3FGUa11r9
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Flanked by former BCCI President N Srinivasan, former Secretary and Saurashtra stalwart Niranjan Shah and former IPL chairman and Uttar Pradesh strongman Rajiv Shukla, Ganguly entered the BCCI headquarters to submit his nomination papers to the electoral officer.
Later, Shukla informed reporters that eight nominations were filed.
Apart from Ganguly and Shah, the others who filed their nominations included Mahim Verma (vice-president), Arun Singh Dhumal (treasurer), Brijesh Patel (IPL GC Member), Jayesh George (Joint Secretary), Khairul Jamil Majumdar (governing council member)and Prabhjot Singh Bhatia (Councillor).
All these candidates are are expected to be elected unopposed at the board’s Annural General Meeting on October 23.
‘First priority to monitor domestic cricket’
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Ganguly vowed to deal with issues that were plaguing Indian cricket, primary among them being the conflict of interest.
“I’m very happy, cricketers are a part of the system. They have always been a part but the numbers were not as much. Conflict is an issue which something really needs to be looked at. All other appointments that have happened, there has been an issue with everything. Commentators in the IPL, that is another issue which needs to be sorted,” he said.
Ganguly also said that his first priority will be to monitor domestic cricket and the focus mostly will be on Ranji Trophy.
“My first priority will be to look after first-class cricketers. I had requested to the CoA and they have not listened. Ranji Trophy cricket will be the focus. To take care of cricketers’ financial interest,” the former India skipper was quoted by India Today as saying.
He further stated that he is happy with the appointment and plans to do something big for Indian cricket.
“I am happy with the appointment because this is the time when BCCI’s image has got hampered and it’s a great opportunity for me to do something. Whether you are elected unopposed or otherwise, it’s a big responsibility because it is the biggest organization in the world of cricket. India is a powerhouse. It will be a challenge,” he said.
However, Ganguly still feels that leading the Indian team will always remain the best accomplishment of his life. “Nothing can beat being India captain. I never thought I would be President,” was Ganguly’s response on being asked to compare his emotions now and when he had become India captain.
The 47-year-old later in the day filed his nomination at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. Addressing the media outside the BCCI headquarters, Ganguly hoped that in the coming months he will try to bring back normalcy in Indian cricket.
“To be in a position where I can make a difference along with team would be extremely satisfying. Hopefully in next few months we can put everything in place & bring back normalcy in Indian cricket,” Ganguly said.
Rajeev Shukla, former BCCI member, said, “We have selected Sourav Ganguly as the BCCI President, on 23rd October final outcome will come.”