Former Indian Cricketer Sourav Ganguly is all set to become the next Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President on October 23rd 2019. The 47- year old Ganguly who is currently the President of Cricket association of Bengal will have to resign his post. Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Ajay Shah will be the new Secretary while Arun Dhumal who is the younger brother of MoS Finance and Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur, will be the new treasurer.

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Sourav Ganguly emerged as the consensus candidate when it was all set for Brijesh Patel to become the next President of BCCI as a proxy for N Srinivasan. Tide turned against the Cricket Strongman and Ex-BCCI Boss, N Srinivasan at a dinner which was organized by him and had about over 100 of his guests. He was close to installing Brijesh Patel as the candidate but between few hours a decision was taken which turned the whole situation against him. Members from Western and Eastern States supported Sourav Ganguly.

Sourav Ganguly Cricket Career:

The Prince of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly makes a forgettable debut in 1992 as he is dismissed for just 3 runs in his first ODI against West Indies. After an impressive domestic run, Ganguly makes his Test debut at Lord’s and scores back-to-back centuries in his first two tests in 1996. In 1997, he was promoted to the top of order when he notched up his first ODI Century against Sri Lanka by scoring 113 (126). Sourav Ganguly holds a special place in Indian Cricket history. He was at once the most hated and most loved player in the team. He opened the innings with Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs and the duo formed the most dangerous opening partnerships in ODI cricket history. In 1999 in his maiden World Cup, Ganguly scores a mammoth 813 vs. Sri Lanka- the then highest score by an Indian in ODIs.

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After the match-fixing scandal in 2000, Sourav Ganguly is made the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. India flourished under the leadership of Sourav for many years as he backed young crop of players for the team. Ganguly built a team with a vision. Sourav Ganguly was creating the winning habit by defeating the world champions in 2001 and defeating Pakistan after 50 years. Indian cricket team was on a speedy rise and capable of showing some fight against the powerful Aussies. India reached the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

By 2002, the ODI Team went from strength to strength, emerging triumphant during an iconic NatWest Series final. Team India was also declared the joint winners of the ICC Champions Trophy. In 2003, Sourav Ganguly took the team to the ICC Cricket World Cup final after 20 years. India retains the border Gavaskar Trophy after drawing the Test Series in Australia.

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In 2004, India won a historic Test and ODI series against arch-rivals Pakistan. After a string of poor performances, Sourav Ganguly is dropped from the Indian Team following a rift with the newly appointed coach Greg Chappell. He returned to India’s Test side and played a pivotal role in India’s first ever Test win in South Africa. Subsequently he returned to the ODI unit too and became a part of India’s 2007 ICC World cup campaign.

In 2008, Sourav decided to call time on the International Cricket career by scoring a 50 and a duck in his last Test at Nagpur against Australia. He was named captain and icon player of Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL Team Kolkata Knight Riders. In October 2012, Sourav announced his retirement. He took up the administrative role and became President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.

Roles of BCCI President:

  • According to the BCCI’s Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations, the President preside the meetings of the general body and the apex council.
  • The President is one of the three persons who sign the audited annual accounts and other financial statements of the BCCI.

The President of the BCCI is the most powerful and prestigious cricket official.

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