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After late night 'twist', Sourav is BCCI boss

After late night twist, Sourav is BCCI boss

Kolkata: The new BCCI president-elect, Sourav Ganguly on Monday, said "it's a great opportunity for him to do something good" as he is taking over the reins of the board at a time when its image has taken a severe beating.

Ganguly pipped Brijesh Patel in a see-saw battle and is expected to be the only presidential nominee.

"It's a great feeling as I have played for the country and captained the country. And I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position for the last three years. Its image has got hampered quite a lot," Ganguly said during an interaction.

"It's a great opportunity for me to do something good," said the former India captain, who will have to demit office in July, due to compulsory cooling-off period.

Ganguly also said his first priority in the short tenure would be to look after "first-class cricketers".

The 47-year-old plans to meet all the stakeholders in Indian cricket and wants to do something that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) didn't do for 33 months.

Does he regret that the term will be only for ten months? "Yes, that's the rule, and we will deal with it."

He had a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday, and when asked about whether he will have to campaign for BJP in Bengal, he answered in the negative.

Sourav's elevation to the top post of the Indian cricket board was anything but smooth. Reports trickled in on Sunday evening suggested that N Srinivasan's man Brijesh Patel would be the new boss of the BCCI. Still, after some late evening drama, Sourav Ganguly emerged as the consensus candidate. On Monday, the former India captain filed his nomination, and since all candidates have emerged unopposed, no election will be held.

According to sources, former BCCI President N Srinivasan had organised a dinner at a 5-star hotel for about a 100 BCCI members for them to be on his side, to garner votes for his nominee - Brijesh Patel.

Everything was going fine for Srinivasan and Patel till about 9:30 last night (Sunday night) until a few members said that the same gentleman, because of whom the board went through turmoil for the past few years, or his proxy can't be brought back.

Which is when Anurag Thakur suggested Sourav Ganguly's name. He got the backing from the North-Eastern as well as the Western states.

Meanwhile, in other developments, Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay Shah will be the new secretary while Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer. Dhumal is the younger brother of MoS Finance and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated the former Team India captain on his elevation to the top post.

Extending good wishes to Ganguly, Banerjee said he has made India and 'Bangla' (West Bengal) proud.

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