Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has filed his nomination for the post of President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is all set to be elected for the same, unopposed and unchallenged.
Post filing the nomination in Mumbai, the 47-year-old addressed the media and stated that he would strive for normalcy in the cricket governing body in the country. He added that he had never expressed a desire to become the BCCI President.
“Hopefully in the next few months, we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in Indian cricket,” Ganguly told reporters on Monday.
“I had never expressed my aspirations for this post. I never spoke to anyone. Until 10:30 in the night yesterday, I was not aware of this. Then I was informed that I have to be the President of the BCCI,” the steel-injecting former Indian captain added.
Ganguly admitted that he has indeed a ‘lot of work to do’ and quite a tough challenge lies ahead of him.
“Indian cricket administration has to be the best in the world. We have to get the administration in order,” he emphasised.
Sourav Ganguly was all in praise for the current Indian team.
“The team has played exceptionally well, Hopefully, that will continue,” he stated.
A veteran of 11,363 One-day International runs and 7,212 Test runs, the ‘King of off-side’ went on to add, “My biggest focus will be on first-class cricket. I have been very vocal about taking care of the first-class cricketers.”
When quizzed whether he would rate being the BCCI President above being the captain of the Indian team, Dada answered in his typical style, “Nothing can beat being an India captain.”
Meanwhile, Rajeev Shukla, the current chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), confirmed, “We have selected Sourav Ganguly as the BCCI President, on 23rd October final outcome will come,” while addressing the media.
The official announcement of the new BCCI office-bearers will take place on 23 October 2019.