The newly-elected BCCI President Sourav Ganguly announced, on Wednesday, that he would lead the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with credibility much in the same manner how he used to lead the Indian team during his captaincy days.
Addressing the press at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, Ganguly said, “No compromise on credibility, corruption-free, that is the way I led Team India and that is (the) way I will lead BCCI.” He was speaking after formally taking charge as the president at the General Body meeting of the Indian cricket’s governing body.
Speaking about how the group of young administrators under him would work, Ganguly said, “It’s a young group and we will have to do a lot of hard work. There were no working committee meetings, I don’t know how it has happened last year. We will take note of everything and do it to make sure it’s the best for BCCI and Indian cricket. We all must understand we are here to work for BCCI and that the job for us.”
“It’s the first day I sat on a chair where some stalwarts have sat. It was the same when I became the captain as well. There were some great names who led the country before me. I have a role to do and I will do that to the best of my ability,” Ganguly said in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The former Indian captain also informed that he would meet Virat Kohli on Thursday. “I will speak to him (Kohli) tomorrow. He is the captain of the team and the most important man in Indian cricket. He has taken India cricket to a new level. He is a top player.”
Speaking about Kohli’s suggestions for central Test venues, Ganguly said, “In terms of the Test venues, we have a lot of Tests and a lot of venues, we will have to sit with him and see what he wants.”
The 46-year-old further added, “We are here to make their (Indian cricketers) life easier. And not more difficult. Everything will be decided on the basis of performance. Mutual respect. Opinions and discussions will be there. Virat Kohli is the most important man in this entire context, so we’ll be there to support him, listen to him. Because I’ve been a captain myself I understand from that position.”
Answering questions about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the new president said, “MS Dhoni’s achievement has made India proud. When you sit down and take note of what he has done, you say ‘Wow’. Champions don’t finish very quickly. Till I am around, everybody will be respected.” Ganguly had earlier mentioned that he would be talking with the veteran wicket-keeper about his future plans.