Posted on October 14, 2019, 9:44 PM IST
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has emerged as a consensus candidate to be BCCI's new President after Brijesh Patel looked like to have grabbed the coveted post. Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay Shah will be the new secretary while Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer. Dhumal is the younger brother of MoS Finance and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur. Monday is the last day to file nomination but no election will be held since all candidates have emerged unrestricted after weeks of lobbying and frenzied parleys.
47-year-old Sourav Ganguly, who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, (CAB) will have to demit his post in September, 2020 as he will go into compulsory cooling-off period. Brijesh, backed by Tail Nadu strongman N Srinivasan, emerged Presidential candidate when Ganguly remained non-committal on campaigning for the BJP in the 2021 state assembly elections.
However, the state units opposed the 'perceptive', effects distorted radically. Sources say: "Yes, Brijesh was running for the President's post with N Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him. We are happy Sourav is the new President," a senior official from North East affiliated unit, told PTI.
The choice for President's post was always between Ganguly and Patel and the former was finally accepted as an undisputed contender. When the new office bearers assume office, it will end a 33-month term of the Committee of Administrators, which called shots in running the cricket affairs in country post-Lodha Committee reforms.
Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah on Monday filed their nomination papers ahead of the October 23rd elections. The others who have filed for this position are Mahim Verma (vice-president), Brijesh Patel (IPL GC Member), Jayesh George (Joint Secretary), Prabhjot Singh Bhatia (Councellor) and Jamil Majumdar (Council Member).
Ganguly who had a successful stint as Indian Cricket Captain is expected to head BCCI with his charismatic persona and change the format of dealings.