MUMBAI: Former India captain
is poised to take over as the president of the country’s cricket board as nominations closed on Monday for elections to the sport’s wealthiest and most powerful body.
Ganguly, 47, was the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post after being unanimously chosen as the presidential candidate at a meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members in Mumbai on Sunday.
One of the most successful national captains in the sport, Ganguly is set to be elected unopposed when BCCI elections are held on October 23.
After filing his nomination at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Monday, Ganguly said his priority as president would be to polish BCCI’s image.
“I wasn’t aware (of my name announcement) until 10:30 pm yesterday. Even when I became captain in 2000, there were issues going around. It’s always great to be looked at as someone who can do things in difficult situations,” Ganguly told reporters.
“It’s a very important time in Indian cricket administration, given what’s happened in the last three years. There was an emergency situation, which the members have overcome.
“This eight-man team, announced by Rajeev Shukla, will try and get BCCI back in order. To be in a position where I can make a difference along with the team would be extremely satisfying. Hopefully in the next few months, we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in Indian cricket.
“As a team, we have a lot of things to do. To get administration in order, get the house, the office in order. Cricket on the field has been brilliant. Team has played exceptionally well after the semifinal exit. Good cricket depends on the infrastructure and the backroom work, and it’s our job at the back to make sure that everything is in the right frame and position so that the boys can excel,” Ganguly said.
The left-handed opener retired from Test cricket in 2008 having accumulated 7,212 runs.
Last month, he was re-elected president of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Brijesh Patel, a former India batsman and experienced administrator, is set to become chairman of the Indian Premier League, the board’s lucrative Twenty20 competition.
Jay Shah, son of India’s home minister
, is tipped for the secretary’s post.
Cricket’s massive popularity in India has helped the BCCI become the wealthiest of all of the sport’s national boards, raking in large sums of money from sponsorship and TV deals.
But it has also been embroiled in legal battles and a series of scandals, including accusations of corruption and match-fixing in the IPL.
India, the world’s top-ranked Test team, is currently playing a home Test series against South Africa.