Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was officially elected the 39th President of the Indian Cricket Control Authority after a general meeting on Wednesday, October 23.
Ganguly served as the 2015 Cricket Association of Bengal President from 2015, before becoming the first-ever cricketer in 65 years to serve Maharaja of Vizianagaram in 1954, assuming the post of full-time BCCI President.
Manu Sawhney, CEO of ICC, was one of the advocates of Ganguly’s appointment. “I would like to sincerely congratulate Sourav Ganguly for his official election to the BCCI President and we look forward to working with him and the other newly-appointed officers in the future.”
Ganguly, who served as national captain between 2000 and 2005, is considered one of the most successful skippers in the history of Indian cricket. He led them to victory in the 2002 Natwest Trophy and the 2003 Men’s ICC Cricket World Cup Finals.
He also led them to many memorable appearances in overseas testing, including victories against England in Leeds in 2002, Australia in Adelaide 2003 and Pakistan in Multan in 2004.
India’s captain Virat Kohli was glad that Ganguly had taken command. “I congratulated him, it’s great that he’s become BCCI president.”
Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who played for Bengalen under Ganguly, said his appointment as BCCI President would “benefit the national team immensely”. “He is aware of the players’ demands and knows what is going on between them, which will be a plus for the team and the individual players,” the Wicket Keepers racket said last week.
“I hope players will benefit immensely from Dada (Ganguly) taking on the new role, especially in the circumstances, having represented the country for a long time and then dominated Indian cricket first as a player and then as captain take.” about many improvements, since he knows the game well. If something does not happen, Dadi can do it. “