Sourav Ganguly aims to fix board’s image
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is all geared up to be appointed as the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during the Board AGM on October 23 at Mumbai. Talking to news agency PTI on Monday, Sourav Ganguly described it as a “great feeling” to lead the country’s cricket board.
Ganguly added that it is a perfect opportunity for him to sort out the board’s reputation which has got damaged quite a lot.
As per PTI, Sourav Ganguly pipped Brijesh Patel to become the front-runner for the top BCCI job. “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,” Ganguly told PTI in an interaction on Monday.
The 47-year-old Ganguly is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and he will have to resign from his post.
Ganguly added that his first priority is to look after “financial health” of first-class cricketers and to bolster the country’s domestic cricket.
“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,” Ganguly added.
As per the reports, the deadline to file nominations is Monday but no election will be scheduled as all candidates have emerged unopposed to Ganguly’s recruitment.
Describing being selected unopposed a huge responsibility, Ganguly said: “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.”
“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,” Ganguly said.