BCCI’s President-elect Sourav Ganguly will miss the third Test between India and South Africa series at Ranchi due to his prior commitments as he will be attending the inaugural ceremony of Indian Super League (ISL) in Kerala. Ganguly is taking over as BCCI’s President on October 23.
“Wanted to go to Ranchi, but won’t get time as I have to inaugurate this edition of the Indian Super League as I’m now the face of ISL and shot for them. So, I will be attending the opening ceremony in Kerala,” he said.
Ganguly may be missing the Ranchi Test but it is confirmed that he will be present during the Kolkata Test between India and Bangladesh next month, where the state association also plans to host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The state association has sent formal invites to both the Prime Ministers and it remains to be seen if the duo accepts the invitation.
Ganguly, who will miss the Ranchi Test, looks set to meet the top brass of the team management on October 24. It has already been confirmed that he will meet chief selector MSK Prasad on October 24 and will discuss MS Dhoni’s future. He is also expected to meet captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and other coaches on the same day.
The former Indian skipper is also expected to take steps right from the day 1 as team India will need a chief selector with MSK Prasad’s stint coming to an end. He had taken over the chief selector in 2016.
Many ICC cases also lined up for BCCI and Ganguly will have a tough task to ensure that BCCI has its say once the board deals with the apex cricketing body.
Along with Ganguly, Jay Shah, Jayesh George, Arun Dhumal and Mahim Verma will also take over their positions in BCCI on October 23.
Ganguly will have to leave his post in September next year and will have to serve the cooling-off period.