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Will support Virat Kohli in every possible way: BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly was officially given the reins of BCCI for the next nine months at the General Body Meeting, ending a 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Sourav Ganguly was elected as the 39th BCCI president. (Source: PTI)

Sourav Ganguly was officially appointed the president of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) at the Annual General Body Meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday. He has become the 39th president of the nation’s cricket body, and the second captain of the national team to hold the post.

The 47-year-old was officially given the reins of BCCI for the next nine months at the General Body Meeting, ending a 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

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After taking charge as the president of BCCI in Mumbai, Ganguly said he will meet Indian captain Virat Kohli tomorrow. “I will speak to him (Virat Kohli) tomorrow. He is the captain of India. He is the most important man in Indian cricket. We will support him in every possible way,” said Ganguly.

After Ganguly’s appointment was finalised last week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah was made the secretary in the meeting. Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand became the new vice-president, who along with the former Indian captain had filed his nomination on October 14.

Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s younger brother Arun Singh Dhumal became the treasurer, while Kerala’s Jayesh George took over as joint secretary.

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With his anointment as the new president, he became the second captain to become full-time president of the governing board after former Indian captain, Maharajkumar of Vizianagram or Vizzy. Vizzy had led India in three Test matches during the 1936 tour of England, who later became the president in 1954.

As reported earlier, Ganguly’s election as BCCI president was hardly a cakewalk. His nomination came after a dramatic 24 hours of intriguing negotiations, phone calls from Delhi and an informal meeting at a Mumbai five-star hotel Sunday night where Indian cricket’s most powerful faces came together to firm up strategy for the board elections on October 23.

After filing his nomination nine days back, Ganguly had expressed his desire to use his experience gained as the secretary, and later president, of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). He had also vowed to deal with issues that were plaguing Indian cricket, like conflict of interest among players and officials.

“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 had said.

His tenure begins at a time when the International Cricket Council (ICC) has left India out of its newly-formed working group, and issues like day/night Test cricket, permanent Test centres need to be looked into.

Ganguly had also previously said that his first priority will be to monitor domestic cricket and the 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 had said.

According to the BCCI constitution, Ganguly will have to demit office in July next year, when his cooling-off period begins. Ganguly’s move to the BCCI will mean the CAB has to conduct fresh elections for the president’s post.

During his tenure, Ganguly will look to coordinate with old guard such as former President N. Srinivasan and ex-Secretary Niranjan Shah, whose children are now part of the BCCI.