Bengal Tiger is back! All decks are cleared for Sourav’s new innings in an informal meeting among the various state boards and stakeholders in Mumbai. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has emerged as a common candidate for the post of BCCI President. If elected in coming days at Annual General Meeting of BCCI (Probably on October 23), Ganguly will become only the second skipper in the history of Indian cricket, after Maharajkumar of Vizianagram (Andhra Pradesh) to acquire the presidential seat.
Sourav Ganguly was aggressive when he was on field! Yes, he isn’t modest but he is courageous and see-through in nature. So, when Dada says something, there is not a shadow of a doubt that he means it. As, Dada is all set to become the President of one of the biggest cricket board and ready to start the ‘second innings’, we take a look at Ganguly from a cricketer to an administrator, his challenges ahead and the impact of his presidency on the Indian coach Ravi Shastri.
Ganguly’s great captaincy
No doubt he was India’s supreme captain. Under Sourav Ganguly, India was able to break the 16-Test winning line of Australia at the Eden Gardens. The match is still remembered as one of the greatest witnessed in the sport. Ganguly caught the attention when he waved his jersey at the Lord’s balcony in 2002 Natwest Final against England. India triumphed in several away and home series under Ganguly. The biggest milestone the Ganguly-led Men in Blue achieved was during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. But unfortunately, India lost the final against Australia.
How Dada became the front-runner?
Until late Sunday night, it was almost a sure that Brijesh Patel would be the next President of the BCCI. Everything was going fine for Patel. Few members said that the same man, because of whom the board went under chaos, he can’t be brought back. Which is when Anurag Thakur suggested Ganguly’s name! He got the backing from the North-Eastern as well as the Western states. For now, Ganguly’s spell will only be for 10 months following which the three-year cooling-off period will start. This is as per the rules of Lodha Committee.
All Committee Members
Sourav Ganguly the new BCCI President, tweeted a photo with his new team. Jay Shah, son of Home Minister Amit Shah, is set to be the new Secretary. Arun Dhumal, Anurag Thakur‘s brother, is the new Treasurer. Jayesh George will be the new Joint Secretary and Mahim Verma will be the Vice President.
Challenges– What can we expect from Dada?
Sourav Ganguly the new BCCI President will have many challenges. Dada is the youngest President of BCCI, will have an ardent task like never before. In his 10-month tenancy, Ganguly has to negotiate the media rights argument with the ICC wherein the worldwide body wanted to have a T20 World Cup every year and the 50-over World Cup every three years. The BCCI has already said ‘no’ but that is not the final verdict.
The former captain of India has also said, “We haven’t received any money from ICC in the last few years. Money in the sense what we deserve.” As per the revenue model drafted in 2017, the Indian cricket board is to receive $293 million across the eight-year cycle (2016 to 2023). It’s a lion’s share, however, the income is way less than what BCCI want, a share of $570 million as India generates 75-80 per cent of global revenue.
Ganguly stated one of his priorities is to get proper representation at the International Cricket Council (ICC). “That’s one area that we will look into,” said Ganguly when he was asked regarding India’s position at ICC. Another issue that is on high priority on Ganguly’s agenda is to take a closer look at several cases of ‘conflict of interest’ that even touch legends like Rahul Dravid. Then the general image polishing the board that established several blows in few years after the Supreme Court-appointed CoA controlled it.
Sourav Ganguly wants to recover the image of BCCI on international platforms and develop the first-class cricket circuit in India. He has already stated that he wants to see the Ranji cricket reach peak of success. Several associations have been complaining about the funds which have not been coming from BCCI as a result affecting their running. Ganguly will have to look into this too.
Should Ravi Shastri be worried?
Many of the cricket fans must be wondering the same. As the head coach of the senior team, Ravi Shastri will play a vital role in this fresh shift. Back in 2016, Anil Kumble was appointed as the coach of the Indian team to replace Ravi Shastri. At that time, the commentator blamed Ganguly and Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the snub. After Ravi Shastri’s reappointment as head coach, Sourav Ganguly stated “they (BCCI) didn’t have too many choices as not many had applied (for the coach’s job). There is no hidden fact that both players do not like each other. So the question is, will ‘Dadagiri’ have an impact on Shastri’s role as the head coach?