Sourav Ganguly, former India captain, took over as the 39th president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on Wednesday.
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This is the first time a playing captain has risen to the top position of BCCI. Sourav Ganguly says he is taking over the reins of the board at a time when BCCI's image has taken a beating. Jay Shah, son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, began his tenure as the new secretary while Arun Dhumal takes office as treasurer. Dhumal is the younger brother of Minister of State for Finance and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur. There were no elections held for appointments of the posts since all candidates emerged unopposed after weeks of lobbying and hectic parleys.
The arrival of the team led by Sourav Ganguly marks an end to the reign of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) - led by Vinod Rai - who oversaw the functioning of BCCI for almost three years.
“It was a good experience and a long journey, didn’t think that the journey would last so long, but I am happy with the end result that elections and office-bearers are coming back and BCCI will be run by them now,” Diana Edulji told reporters at BCCI headquarters after the final COA meeting on Tuesday.
Ganguly is the first India cricketer after the Maharaja of Vizianagaram to become the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Ganguly, however, will be able to serve as BCCI president only up to September 2020, as he is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and will have to go into a compulsory cooling off period.
Ganguly took over as CAB president in 2015, following the death of his administrative mentor Jagmohan Dalmiya. The 47-year-old Sourav Ganguly had said that he wants to emulate Dalmiya's success at the role.
Ganguly has many areas of concerns and he had been vocal about it recently before taking the reins of BCCI. “As a team we have a lot of things to look after actually. We have to get the house in order, administration in order and most importantly cricket on the field. The cricket has been brilliant on the field since we crashed out of the World Cup 2019 and hopefully that will continue. And this is our job to create an environment that the boys can go out and excel themselves,” Ganguly had said after filing his nomination.
The other areas of concern are remuneration for First Class cricketers and revenue from the International Cricket Council.