- The meeting was a bit of dramatic while two powerful lobbies, one supported by Anurag Thakur and another by N Srinivasan, were pushing their candidate to be appointed the next president.
- Karnataka’s Brijesh Patel would take over as chairman of IPL Governing Council
- The son of Union Minister Amit Shah, Jay Shah, from Gujarat, would be secretary
MUMBAI: At BCCI’s annual meeting on October 23, an election may be held regarding the next president of the Indian Cricket Board and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly likely to be the next.
All BCCI members stood unanimously against the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators’ (COA) functioning by gathering in an informal meeting at a five-star hotel in Mumbai on Sunday. They signaled their emphatic return to the corridors of Indian Cricket administration.
The meeting was a bit of drama while two powerful lobbies, one supported by Anurag Thakur and another by N Srinivasan, were pushing their candidate to be appointed the next president.
Karnataka’s Brijesh Patel would take over as chairman of IPL Governing Council who was earlier expected to be the president and finally it was decided that Sourav Ganguly will be the next president of BCCI. The son of Union Minister Amit Shah, Jay Shah, from Gujarat, would be secretary and Arun Singh Dhumal from Himachal Pradesh will become treasurer. An argument followed regarding Devajit Saikia’s from Assam Cricket Association becoming the Board’s joint secretary.
Abhishek Dalmiya, the current joint secretary of the CAB and the son of former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya would take over as the next CAB president after Ganguly becomes the president of BCCI.
Azad is being beaten by Gaekwad for ICA position
N Srinivasan had a meeting on Saturday with Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister and probably pushed Patel’s Candidature. Sourav Ganguly met Amit shah the same day in New Delhi and conveyed his interest in becoming the next BCCI’s president; he has the backing of Thakur.
“Eventually it was agreed to bring Sourav on board. He would have only10 months as president, but he has been efficiently heading the Cricket Association of Bengal and also he is packed with experience as an administrator. Furthermore, cricket has badly suffered under the COA, in order to put things back together, someone like Ganguly will be conducive”, TOI was told by sources tracking developments.
The president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, joint secretary, male representative of the cricketers association, a female representative, a representative from the IPL governing council and a representative from the central government will be constituted by BCCI’s nine-member apex council.
After winning the election with 471 votes and beating another former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad, who got 381 votes, Anshuman Gaekwad would take over as the male representative of the cricketers association.
Unanimously approved Shantha Rangaswamy, former India women’s captain, will take over as the female representative of the cricketers association. Surinder Khanna, former Delhi cricketer has been elected the IPL GC representative at the council.
Anurag Thakur, the former president of BCCI, after the appointment of the COA whose term at the board brought to an end on January 2017, played his crucial part in the appointment process along with Srinivasan.
According to the sources, members on another important matter, as to the representation of BCCI at the ICC have not been decided and will be decided next month.