Former India captain Sourav Ganguly emerged as consensus candidate to be BCCI’s new President in dramatic fashion after Brijesh Patel appeared to have grabbed the coveted post.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah will be the new secretary while Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer. Dhumal is the younger brother of MoS Finance and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur.
“Ganguly is now the Presidential nominee. Tomorrow, he will file the nomination to the President’s post. This was decided today in a meeting between all representatives,” a source close to Ganguly told indianexpress.com on Sunday night.
Monday is the last day to file nominations but no election will be held since all candidates have emerged unopposed after weeks of lobbying and hectic parleys.
Ganguly, 47, pulled off a victory that looked all but lost till the last moment – like his administrative guru Jagmohan Dalmiya.
So Sourav Dada Ganguly makes yet another spectacular comeback to take over as the Board President.Unless the match turns yet again which seems unlikely
— Gautam Bhattacharya (@gbsaltlake) October 13, 2019
Brijesh Patel, backed by Tamil Nadu strongman N Srinivasan, had emerged as the Presidential candidate when Ganguly remained non-committal on campaigning for the BJP in the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections.
However, when most of the state units opposed the ‘understanding’, things changed dramatically.
“Yes, Brijesh was running for the President’s post with N Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him. We are happy Sourav is the new President,” a senior official from North East affiliated unit, told PTI.
Patel could become IPL chairman.
When the new office bearers assume office, it will end a 33-month term of the Committee of Administrators, which called shots in running the cricket affairs in country post Lodha Committee reforms.
Former India coach Anhsuman Gaekwad beat Kirti Azad to be elected as male ICA representative on BCCI’s nine-member Apex Council. Shanta Rangaswamy was earlier elected unopposed as female the ICA representative.
(With PTI inputs)
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