India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly is in line to become the next president of BCCI.
Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly could well and truly become the next BCCI president, according to reports. A cooling-off clause for present and previous administrators could make way for the 46-year-old to be at the helm of affairs of the BCCI.
The Indian Supreme Court recently denied using the suggestions provided by the Lodha panel, and approved a new draft constitution that will see the BCCI moving forward to appoint a former Indian cricketer as the head of the board.
Sourav Ganguly is currently giving service as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal, and if he steps down from the post, he will be eligible to become the BCCI president without going through a cooling-off period. Ganguly is already serving his third term in the Cricket Association of Bengal.
“He is definitely eligible and ticks most of the boxes”, a senior representative of the BCCI spoke to The Indian Express.
If the former Indian skipper is selected as the BCCI President, he will have to resign from the post after two years, as he will reach the accumulated six year stint as an administrator in Indian cricket.
The BCCI has parted ways with its zonal policy, which confirms that any name will be taken into consideration on the support of any representative from any state.
The board members reportedly feel that under Sourav Ganguly, the board will regain stability, even if his tenure will last for the maximum of two years. The appointment of Ganguly will also double up as an image-cleansing exercise for the BCCI.
Earlier this year, the 46-year-old spoke to The Hindu on this topic: “Players can be good administrators but it depends on how much time they put in. What you are ready to put in as an administrator is also important. I think non-players can also be very good and I think it should be a balance of both; they both have a place in the system, and that’s important.”
The ‘Dada’ of Indian cricket bid farewell to international cricket back in 2008, and featured in the Indian Premier League until 2012. Ganguly, then moved towards the cricket administration sector, later becoming part of the BCCI’s technical committee, the cricket advisory committee and the IPL governing council.