MUMBAI: At 47, Sourav Ganguly has climbed the next big step in his career, nearly two decades after he first led Team India. On Monday afternoon Ganguly arrived at the BCCI office to file his nomination for the post of BCCI president. BCCI’s secretary-elect Jay Shah and other nominated office-bearers also filed their nominations.
The new team assumes office on October 23. “My priority will remain first-class cricket,” Ganguly said. He also spoke of getting India its “fair share” at the International Cricket Council. He focused on tackling conflict of interest and repairing BCCI’s “tarnished” image.
Some call Sourav Ganguly ‘Dada’, and then some call him ‘Dadi.’ The former means an ‘elder brother’ while the latter implies a sobriquet, perhaps for an elder brother who knows how to get his way around. Between Saturday morning and Sunday night, ‘Dadi’ did what he does best. He got his way around and grabbed the most important seat in Indian cricket – the president of BCCI.
The legendary India skipper became the president at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) recently. To make his case strong, he met Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Saturday, which wasn’t expected at all, and that’s so typically Sourav.
He’s Bengal’s most popular face, and effortlessly a handsome poach ahead of an assembly election,” say sources.
Now that he’s in the BCCI chair, cricket alone remains the former left-hander’s foremost priority. He had set his eyes on the chair years ago, probably when he first became CAB president in 2015. He’s started making the right noises already. “My top priority will be first-Class cricket,” he said. It was quite an understandable sentiment for someone who came through the ranks to play for India.
The domestic circuit sees close to 2000 matches every season. Furthermore, it remains at the heart of India’s cricketing nucleus. Therefore it certainly needs to be a BCCI president’s top priority. Fiercely ‘Indian’ at heart, there’s more than just First-Class cricket that’ll remain in focus for Ganguly.
His focus will be on the upcoming bid to regain control of the ICC and connecting with his old teammate Rahul Dravid at the NCA. Moreover, he will be eager to appoint capable selectors at the national level.