Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it clear that it will support Greg Barclay, the current chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in keeping the position and will not support Sourav Ganguly for the position.

Office holders have been given authority to make decisions regarding this by the BCCI representative for ICC and CEC, AGM.

Greg Barclay
Greg Barclay. Credits: RCB

The two BCCI representatives who will attend the ICC are the only major topic of speculation, as Indian Express previously reported. While Jay Shah is anticipated to represent India at ICC Board meetings, the BCCI has now made it clear that it will pass on the ICC chairmanship and support Greg Barclay of New Zealand for a second term.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (PC-AFP)

Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, intervened in the controversy surrounding Sourav Ganguly’s impending departure from the Indian cricket board earlier on Monday, declaring that she would ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to permit the former cricketer from India and head of the BCCI to run for the position of ICC chairperson.

Sourav Ganguly is a widely popular figure in West Bengal:

Since Ganguly is a well-liked figure in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP have engaged in a political brawl over his dismissal from the BCCI. Ganguly’s upcoming departure from the cricket organisation has also drawn criticism from the CPI(M) and the Congress. The former cricketer allegedly paid a price for declining to join the BJP, according to non-BJP parties.

Last year, if the BJP won the Assembly elections, Ganguly’s name circulated in political circles as a potential candidate for chief minister. The TMC reportedly made attempts to persuade Ganguly to join it at the time.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

According to sources close to the former cricket captain, he felt intense pressure from both sides in the lead-up to the elections and ultimately decided against entering politics. On May 7, Ganguly invited Amit Shah to a dinner at his residence in Kolkata. That started a new round of conjecture.

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