Mumbai: Sourav Ganguly became the 39th president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its Annual General Body Meeting held in Mumbai on October 23. He is the second captain of the national team after Maharajkumar of Vizianagram (or Vizzy), to take up the reins of the national governing body for cricket in India.
The 47-year-old cricketer officially took charge of BCCI for the next nine months. Additionally, he ended the 33-month tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).
Ganguly has played 113 Tests and 311 one-day internationals and led India to 21 Test wins. Before the presidency, he was a part of the technical panel of the BCCI in the past. He was also a part of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee beside Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar. Also, he has already been an administrator for his home state association, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
Along with Ganguly, Union home minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah was made the secretary, Mahim Verma of Uttrakhand became the new vice-president, Arun Singh Dhumal became the treasurer, who is the younger brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, while Kerala’s Jayesh George took over as the joint secretary.
Ganguly has already set a few goals and his central ones are the restructuring of first-class cricket and getting the administration back in shape. Along with it, he plans to bring back India’s position of reverence back in the preview of International Cricket Council (ICC) as his tenure kick-starts at the time when the ICC has left India out of its newly formed working group.