Sourav Ganguly is set to be appointed as the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The former India captain called it a “great feeling” to head the country’s cricket body, adding that it is an opportunity for him to fix its “image that got hampered quite a lot”.
The 47-year-old pipped Brijesh Patel to become the front-runner for the top BCCI job. He is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and will have to leave that post in September 2020, following a compulsory cooling off period.
“We will speak to everyone first as we take a decision but my biggest priority will be to look after first class cricketers. I had requested that to the CoA for three years and they didn’t listen. That’s the first thing I will do, look after the financial health of our first-class cricketers,” Ganguly said while speaking with the PTI.
Monday is the last day to file nominations but no election will be held as all candidates have emerged unopposed to Ganguly’s appointment.
Terming being selected unopposed a big responsibility, Ganguly said: “Whether unopposed or not, there has to be responsibility as it is the biggest organisation in world cricket. Financially, India is a cricketing powerhouse, so it will be a challenge.”