Came to know I have to be BCCI President at 10.30 PM on Sunday: Sourav Ganguly

Ganguly has been elected as the BCCI President unopposed.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

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The former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The hint of the same had been dropped late on Sunday and the news was confirmed officially on Monday. Ganguly had earlier said that he will give priority to the first-class cricketers if he is appointed at the helm. However, he has now revealed that he only came to know about becoming the BCCI President at 10:30 PM on Sunday.

Ganguly has always had the qualities of becoming a leader. He took the Indian cricket to the new heights after taking over the reins following the match-fixing scandal which had rocked the country. He became the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) President then and did his job honestly.

October 14 was the last day of filing the nominations ahead of the BCCI elections. But no one opposed the 47-year-old cricketer which led to him being appointed as the President of the world’s richest cricket board.

I had never expressed my aspirations for this post: Sourav Ganguly

However, Sourav Ganguly while speaking to the reporters in Mumbai, cleared that he never had any desire of grabbing the top position in the BCCI. After being elected as the president now though he hopes to bring the proceedings in the BCCI back to normal. He also went on to reveal that he had no idea about becoming the President until Sunday night.

“Hopefully in the next few months, we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in the Indian cricket… I had never expressed my aspirations for this post. I never spoke to anyone. Until 10:30 in the night yesterday (Sunday), I was not aware of this. Then I was informed that I have to be President of the BCCI,” Ganguly said.

As per the BCCI rules, Sourav Ganguly will have to step down from his position in the CAB as he will go into compulsory cooling off-period. “That’s the rule. So we will have to deal with it,” the former India cricketer added.

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