Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has been formally elected as the 39th President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Prine of Kolkata took over the role after a general body meeting on 23 October (Wednesday).
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Notably, Ganguly has served as the Cricket Association of Bengal President from 2015. He took over the role after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya, the best administrator Indian cricket have ever witnessed. The legendary cricketer became only the second Indian cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to take charge as full-time BCCI President.
Sourav Ganguly, who served as national captain between 2000 and 2005, won the election unopposed. Notably, Ganguly wore his India captain’s blazer for his first day as the BCCI President. The former cricketer took over the leadership duties of the Indian team in 2000 after Mohammad Azharuddin‘s ouster from the team in the wake of the match-fixing scandal.
“I got it when I was captain of India, so I decided I would wear it but I did not realise it is so lose. But I got this when I was captain so I decided to wear it today,” Ganguly told reporters.
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#WATCH Sourav Ganguly while addressing media after taking charge as the President of Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in Mumbai: I got this (blazer) when I was the Captain of India. So, I decided to wear it today. But, I didn't realize it's so loose. pic.twitter.com/FgwYmfsyO8
— ANI (@ANI) October 23, 2019
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly has already set his priorities right in what will be challenging 10-month period after which he will go for the cooling-off period as per the BCCI constitution. The illustrious cricketer said that he will lead BCCI as he did with the Indian team.
“I will do it my way. I will do it the way with no compromise on credibility, corruption-free and same-for-all BCCI. That’s the way I led India and that’s the way I will take this organization forward,” Ganguly said.