Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is about to become a former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. Meanwhile, Jay Shah is expected to continue with his “term” set to take charge of key positions, reports.
Ganguly left disappointed
Outside the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Tuesday, there were a few casual gatherings of the State Representatives who were asked about the near future of Sourav Ganguly as BCCI president. “Back to Kolkata,” someone suggested. “Back to Delhi,” another chimed in, hinting that he will go back to the Delhi Capitals franchise of the IPL, as a director, reported CricBuzz.
It’s learned that he was offered the post of IPL chairman. However, sources said, he conveyed that he wasn’t interested, focusing instead on becoming the ICC chairman or continuing as BCCI president. Both didn’t happen. And Dhumal became the consensus candidate for the post of IPL chairman.
Meanwhile, Roger Binny, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team and Karnataka Cricket Association president, is set to become the new BCCI chief “unopposed”.
The BCCI election is on next Tuesday and it is expected to be a formality since none of the office-bearers’ posts had more than one nomination on the first day of filing the papers. With Wednesday being the last day for filing nominations, those in the know say the new BCCI power panel has already been decided and a consensus reached after several rounds of talks over the past month.
Jay Shah is the new face of BCCI
With Binny replacing Ganguly at the top, Jay Shah is expected to be the face of India’s cricket administration. The influence wielded by Shah, who is the son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, is reflected in the new board team.
“Roger Binny has filed the nomination for the president’s post, myself for the vice-president’s post, Jay Shah for secretary, Ashish Shelar for treasurer and Devajit Saikia has filed the nomination for the joint secretary’s post,” BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla, who is the only official besides Shah who is expected to retain his post, told reporters.