Dada back in charge! Sourav Ganguly formally elected as the 39th president of BCCI

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New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been formally elected unopposed as the new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. Ganguly formally took over as the new boss at the apex body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Sourav Ganguly arrived at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday for the AGM. Notably, Ganguly filed his nomination for the role of BCCI president after eleventh-hour drama earlier this month. He has been elected unopposed as the president of richest body in world cricket.

Ganguly is likely to serve only 9 months as BCCI president as the “Cooling Off” period clause in the new BCCI constitution makes it mandatory for board officials to step down after 6 years in office. Ganguly, who played 113 Tests and 311 one-day internationals and led India to 21 Test wins, has already been an administrator for his home state association, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

Sourav Ganguly is only the 2nd India cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to don the role of BCCI president. His nomination was validated by BCCI’s electoral officer N Gopalaswami last week.

Along with Sourav Ganguly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah was chosen unanimously as the BCCI secretary.

Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur was made the new BCCI treasurer and Kerala Cricket Association president Jayesh George was elected as the joint secretary. Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand became the new vice-president.

Brijesh Patel is now set to become the chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL).

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