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Taking over reins when BCCI’s image taken a beating: Ganguly
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Taking over reins when BCCI’s image taken a beating: Ganguly

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is set to be named as new BCCI president, on Monday said "it's a great opportunity for him to do something good" as he is taking over the reins of the board at a time when it's image has got a serious beating.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is set to be named as new BCCI president, on Monday said "it's a great opportunity for him to do something good" as he is taking over the reins of the board at a time when it's image has got a serious beating.

Ganguly beat Brijesh Patel in a see-saw battle and is expected to be the only presidential nominee. "You need to wait till 3 pm in the afternoon," Ganguly told PTI during an interaction. "Obviously, it's a great feeling as I have played for the country and captained the country.

"And I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position for the last three years. Its image has got hampered quite a lot. It's a great opportunity for me to do something good," said the former India captain, who will have to demit office in July, due to compulsory cooling-off period. Ganguly also said his first priority in the short tenure would be to look after "first-class cricketers".

"We will speak to everyone first as we take a decision but my biggest priority will be to look after first-class cricketers. I had requested that to the CoA for three years and they didn't listen. That's the first thing I will do, look after the financial health of our first-class cricketers," said Ganguly. "Whether unopposed or not, there has to be responsibility as it is the biggest organisation in world cricket. Financially, India is a cricketing powerhouse, so it will be a challenge," he said.

"I didn't know I would be the President when I came down. You (reporter) asked me and I told you it's Brijesh and when I went up and I came to know it has changed. I have never been in a BCCI election and I never knew it worked like this," he said.

He had a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday and when asked about whether he will have to campaign for BJP in Bengal, he answered in the negative. "No, no nothing of that sort. Nobody told me anything," Ganguly said.

Talking about Jagmohan Dalmiya, Ganguly said: "I have never imagined so (that I will be in shoes of late Jagmohan Dalmiya). He has been like a father to me. There have been some great presidents of BCCI, Mr Srinivasan, Anurag, who have done a great job”.