Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday filed his nomination for the post of the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Ganguly is also the lone candidate for the post and will therefore be elected unopposed. He is not new to leadership roles though. After finishing his career as one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket, he entered administration at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) as its president. He was also at the helm of BCCI's technical panel and more recently the Cricket Advisory Committee.
Ganguly joins the likes of Jagmohan Dalmiya, N Srinivasan and Shashank Manohar with the distinction of leading the Indian cricket board.
Dalmiya had first helmed BCCI from 2001-04. He was elected president again in March 2015. And, under a changed BCCI constitution, he was to hold office for three straight years, until September 2017.
Jagmohan Dalmiya struck a multi million television deal with World Tel in the early 90’s that went a long way in making BCCI the richest cricketing body in the world.
A shrewd tactician, Dalmiya was the brain behind India co-hosting the Reliance World Cup in 1987 and then the Wills World Cup in 1996.
Mired in controversy
Meanwhile, Srinivasan's tenure was mired in controversy after he was forced to step down by the Supreme Court following the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan — Srinivasan's son-in-law and a senior official of the Srinivasan-owned Chennai Super Kings franchise - on charges of betting on IPL games.
Manohar, who served his first stint as the BCCI president from 2008-2011, was reappointed after the sudden demise of Dalmiya in 2015.
The Nagpur-based lawyer resigned from the post in May 2016 to be subsequently elected as the first independent chairman of the ICC, for a two-year term, in May 2016. He, however, quit eight months into term as ICC chief.
Not the first
The last Indian Test cricketer to become the BCCI president was Maharaja Kumar Vizianagaram who led India during the three-match Test series in England in 1936. He was president from 1954-56. Shivlal Yadav and Sunil Gavaskar were interim presidents in 2014.