CoA chief Vinod Rai reacts as Ganguly set to become BCCI President
Supreme-Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai expressed his delight over former India captain Sourav Ganguly filing nomination for the post of BCCI President. According to Rai, an experienced player like Ganguly handling the affairs of BCCI is an excellent development.
“If Sourav Ganguly becomes the President then it’s very happy development. I mean former player and experienced person like him who handled the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), coming into cricket administration, is an excellent development,” Rai told news agency ANI.
“I don’t know about the past I am just looking at the future. I have nothing to do with the past,” he added.
When asked about the former ICC chairman N Srinivasan and former IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla who was there when Ganguly filed his nomination, Rai said, “I don’t see, you know I am in the US just now, the only thing I had responded is Ganguly’s nomination and his election will be a very happy development.”
“I will personally be very happy because he is not only a former cricketer but a very successful captain and an experienced cricket administrator. That is all I have to say, for other things I have no idea and don’t want to talk about it,” Rai said.
Sourav Ganguly, however, will be able to work as BCCI President only until September 2020. It is worth mentioning here that he has already been holding posts in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for the past 5 years where he currently serves as President. It should be noted that an administrator can only serve 6 years on the trot.
When he was asked about the top priorities after clinching the BCCI elections, Sourav Ganguly added that his prime focus will be first-class cricket. Ganguly knows exactly what needs to be done to improve the game of cricket.
“For me, my biggest focus will be first-class cricket. I have been very vocal on looking after first-class players especially the amount of time they give to cricket because that’s your base and strength. I have written many a time in the last three years that enumerations need to increase many folds so that is going to be my first priority.”
The BCCI elections are expected to take place on October 23 but with Sourav Ganguly being the lone candidate to file his nomination for the top post of Indian cricket, he is all set to be elected unopposed.