SOURAV Chandidas Ganguly, 47, one of the most elegant left-handers to have represented India in cricket world, on Wednesday, October 23, took over as the 39th President of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India ) ending Supreme Court appointed 33-month COA regime. He became President of CAB (Cricket Club of Bengal) after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmia, who helped him emerge as a cricketer at national level. Born in Kolkata, grew up and educated in the mega city, Ganguly is expected to make use of his experience gained as the secretary and later president of Cricket Association of Bengal. Ganguly was officially entrusted with the task of heading Indian cricket for the next nine months at the BCCI’s General Body meeting held in Mumbai. He said Virat Kohli is the most important man in the Indian cricket adding that he will speak with him and support in every possible manner. “I will speak to him tomorrow. He is the most important man in Indian cricket as captain of India. I look it at that way. So we will have a word with him and as I said we will support him in every possible way, he wants to make this team the best in the world,” Sourav Ganguly said at the press conference after taking over. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India recently registered their 11th consecutive Test series win at home, defeating South Africa 3-0 in a three-match Test series, Ganguly said. There will be “No compromise on credibility, corruption-free and same for all BCCI, just as I led India,” he said. Ganguly is the first India cricketer after the Maharaja of Vizianagaram to become the president of the BCCI.The former India captain cited examples of former BCCI presidents Jagmohan Dalmiya and N Srinivasan to explain how they supported Ganguly during his captaincy.”Our focus is to make cricketers’ life easier. When I was the captain and Jagmohan Dalmiya was the president, I don’t remember that we asked for something and were ever refused.”Virat is the captain now and we will have the same relations. Whatever he needs to help India play well, we will provide that to him. Kohli has taken the Indian team to a new level. We have been with him and we will be with him,” Ganguly added.Meanwhie,on Tuesday The Supreme Court directed that the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators headed by former CAG Vinod Rai shall demit office after the elected representatives of the BCCI take charge to run the cash-rich cricket body. A bench comprising justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said the job of the CoA will come to an end after former cricketer Saurav Ganguly-led elected office bearers of the BCCI will take charge following the elections which are scheduled on October 23. The youngest office bearer in the new BCCI administration by a distance, 31-year-old Jay Shah has been with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) since 2009 and is Indian home minister Amit Shah’s son. Jay, an engineer, was elected as an executive board member in the Central Board of Cricket, Ahmedabad, in May 2009, and he took over as the joint-secretary of the GCA in September 2013.Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel Stadium, host to IPL and international matches, has been under renovation since 2015 and is expected, when complete, to be the biggest stadium in India. Arun Singh Dhumal, is treasurer (from Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association).He elected president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) last month, Arun Singh Dhumal is also the younger brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, the current Indian minister of state for finance and corporate affairs.
Dhumal, 44, brings with him three years of administrative experience at the HPCA.(pic courtesy to BCCI)