Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is all set to become the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and if things go as per plan, he will take over as the President from 23 October. Once Ganguly officially takes over the reins of BCCI, he will become the first former India captain to hold the position in the 91-year history of BCCI.
Following his unopposed and unchallenged nomination, Ganguly said that Ranji Trophy would be his prime focus.
“I had requested to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and they have not listened. Ranji Trophy cricket will be the focus. To take care of cricketers’ financial interest,” the former Indian captain was quoted as saying by India Today.
“I am happy with the appointment because this is the time when BCCI’s image has got hampered and it’s a great opportunity for me to do something. Whether you are elected unopposed or otherwise, it’s a big responsibility because it is the biggest organisation in the world of cricket. India is a powerhouse. It will be a challenge,” he added.
Following the announcement, netizens have not been able to keep their emotions in check. Social media has been flooded with congratulatory messages for the steel-injecting former Indian skipper.
Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, congratulated Dada on being elected the BCCI President.
“Heartiest congratulations to @SGanguly99 for being unanimously elected @BCCI President. Wish you all the best for your term. You have made India and #Bangla proud. We were proud of your tenure as CAB President. Looking forward to a great new innings.” she tweeted.
Heartiest congratulations to @SGanguly99 for being unanimously elected @BCCI President. Wish you all the best for your term. You have made India and #Bangla proud. We were proud of your tenure as CAB President. Looking forward to a great new innings.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) October 14, 2019
Indian lawyer and politician Abhishek Singhvi also took to Twitter to congratulate the 47-year-old.
“Legendary cricketer, prince of Kolkata became new prince of #BCCI. Congratulations #sauravganguly. Best of luck for new inning. #BCCIPresident #bccielections,” he tweeted.
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 14, 2019
Kabir Duhan Singh and actor Kamaal R Khan were among others to congratulate Ganguly.
— Kabir Duhan Singh (@Kabirduhansingh) October 14, 2019
I stopped watching cricket matches long ago because I don’t want to watch fixed matches. Now I hope that honest cricketer @SGanguly99 will remove #Kohli from captaincy and I will start watching cricket again.👏👏👏
— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) October 14, 2019