Sourav Ganguly tipped to be next BCCI interim President

Former Indian Captain Sunil Gavaskar gives his support for Ganguly becoming the president.

With the Supreme Court removing Anurag Thakur from the president’s post, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has emerged as a favorite to take over as BCCI chief as per reports.

BCCI is in a fix over who to nominate among its five vice-presidents as the acting chief of the beleaguered cricket body.

At the moment, veteran Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) official CK Khanna, who is vice-president from Central Zone and VP for third time, is the senior most. However, observer for DDCA Retd Justice Mukul Mudgal, in a scathing report submitted to Delhi HC, termed Khanna as a “pernicious influence”.

Speculation is now mounting that Sourav Ganguly may be in line for the board’s top job. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar also expressed his desire to see Ganguly take the top job.

“BCCI has got a very good bench strength to take up the bigger roles and one name that comes to my mind is Sourav Ganguly,” said Gavaskar as reported by NDTV news channel. “Remember, in 1999–2000 when Indian cricket was gripped by the match-fixing saga, Ganguly was given the Indian team captaincy and he turned it around,” he added.

Ganguly is currently president of the Cricket Association of Bengal; one of the few state units that was willing to implement the Lodha reforms. The Bengal left-hander qualifies for the top role given he has attended two annual general meetings (AGM) — one of the criterion required to head the body. Anyone from the state associations can be nominated for the post and with Ganguly being he popular choice, the chances have increased.

Currently he has the best track record among all the possible candidates. With almost everyone turning out to be ineligible on a number of counts, Ganguly’s chances have become that much stronger.

He has all the necessary credentials to become a beacon of hope in this moment of crisis for the BCCI. Most importantly, it will be a role similar to the one he performed when he became the Indian captain at the height of the match-fixing scandal.

Ganguly tempered speculations of him becoming the next Board of Control of Cricket in India chief, stating that “it’s too early” to speculate on his next move, reported IANS on Tuesday

“It’s better not to take my name. There is no reason to take my name. It’s too early,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by IANS.

As of now there is no clarity on Sourav Ganguly’s position as he is not a vice-president. Even Ganguly would complete a three-year tenure in office in CAB and hence could be ineligible for the post.

Ganguly seems to playing close to the chest as he dismissed the suggestion that he was running for the post of BCCI president, Ganguly said at CAB office:

“My name is coming up unnecessarily. I don’t qualify. I have just completed one year (as the CAB president) and have got two more years left. I am not in the running (for the BCCI president’s post).”

The BCCI has three scheduled tours in the upcoming month and the lack of a President with the apex court’s ruling yesterday has sent the cat among the pigeons.

With the speculation rife, the job of head-honcho at the world’s richest cricketing body, it seems to be only a matter of time before the corner office at BCCI’s headquarters has an inmate.

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