Sourav Ganguly set to be named as new BCCI president: reports

In a dramatic turn of events, Sourav Ganguly, who's the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, has emerged as consensus candidate for the top role.

Sourav Ganguly is currently the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal.   -  AFP

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s name has been doing rounds as the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In a dramatic turn of events, Ganguly emerged as consensus candidate for the top role after Brijesh Patel appeared to have grabbed the coveted post.

Union home minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah is likely to be the new secretary, while Arun Dhumal could 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 is likely be held since all candidates have emerged unopposed after weeks of lobbying and hectic parleys.

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The 47-year-old Ganguly, who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, (CAB) will have to demit his post in September 2020, if elected, as he will go into compulsory cooling off period.

Brijesh, backed by Tamil Nadu strongman N. Srinivasan, emerged presidential candidate when Ganguly remained non-committal on campaigning for the BJP in the 2021 state assembly elections.

However, when most of the state units opposed the ‘understanding’, things changed dramatically.

The choice for president’s post has been between Ganguly and Patel and the former is rumoured to be accepted as an unanimous candidate.

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 the country post Lodha Committee reforms.