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Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019

‘Bengal Tiger” Sourav Ganguly Set to Become BCCI President

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IPGsv8zh6QNEW DELHI : Sourav Ganguly has filed the nomination for the post of president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is set to be an unopposed choice for the prestigious job.

After filing the nomination in Mumbai, Sourav Ganguly said he wants to bring normalcy back in the cricket board, adding that he never expressed any aspiration to become the BCCI President. “Hopefully in the next few months, we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in Indian cricket,” Sourav Ganguly told reporters.
“I had never expressed my aspirations for this post. I never spoke to anyone. until 10:30 in the night yesterday, I was not aware of this. Then I was informed that I have to be President of the BCCI,” the former India captain added.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has emerged as a unanimous candidate for the post of BCCI’s new President. The 47-year-old former cricketer and commentator, who is currently heading the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), will resign from his post next year in September 2020 to undergo a necessary cooling off period.

“Yes, Brijesh was running for the President’s post with N Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him. We are happy Sourav is the new President,” a senior official from North East affiliated unit, told PTI.

Under Ganguly and former Team India coach John Wright’s leadership, India were able to break the 16-Test winning streak of Australia at the Eden Gardens.
The match is fondly remembered as one of the greatest witnessed in the sport, where Laxman and Rahul Dravid put their foot down and weaved a partnership of 376 runs. India, who were at a brink of loss after their first inning outing, bounced back and won it by 171 runs.

Ganguly famously grabbed the attention of the cricket world after his unabashed jersey wave at the Lord’s balcony as India registered a thrilling victory in 2002 Natwest Final against England, where two youngsters Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh arrived at the scene after India’s mini-collapse and propelled the team to yet another historical victory.
While Team India triumphed in several away and home series under Wright’s guidance, perhaps the biggest success the Ganguly-led Men in Blue tasted was during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, where India found themselves in the finals against Australia.

As the news of Ganguly being chosen as the new head of BCCI broke on the Internet, fans, remembering the golden days of Indian cricket, celebrated the announcement with immense zeal.
(With Agency Inputs ).

 

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