Former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly emerged as a consensus candidate to be BCCI’s new President after Brijesh Patel appeared to have grabbed the coveted post.
According to reports, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah will be the new Secretary while Arun Dhumal who is the younger brother of MoS Finance and former BCCI President Anurag Thakur will be the new treasurer.
The last day to file nominations is Monday but no election will be held since all candidates have emerged unopposed after weeks of lobbying and hectic parleys.
However, 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.
Reports also say that Ganguly will turn a new leaf albeit for 10 months even as a new chapter starts in Indian cricket. Ganguly also pulled a match typically like his administrative guru Jagmohan Dalmiya that looked all but lost till he pulled it off at the last moment.
Moreover, Brijesh Patel who is backed by Tamil Nadu strongman N Srinivasan emerged the 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.
A senior official from North East affiliated unit while quoted by PTI said that Brijesh was running for the President’s post with Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him, the official said.
He further stated that they are happy with Sourav Ganguly as the new President.