Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is also set to become the new BCCI's new President, reported news agency PTI. In a dramatic turn of events, Ganguly emerged as consensus candidate after former cricketer Brijesh Patel appeared to have grabbed the post. Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay Shah will be the new secretary while former BCCI president and MoS Finance Anurag Thakur’s younger brother Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer.
The 47-year-old Ganguly, who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, will have to demit his post in September, 2020 as he will go into compulsory cooling off period. Ganguly is considered one of the finest Indian skippers of all time.
Brijesh, backed by Tail Nadu strongman N Srinivasan, emerged Presidential candidate when Ganguly, the agency reported, remained non-committal on campaigning for the BJP in the 2021 state assembly elections. However, when most of the state units opposed the 'understanding', things changed dramatically.
"Yes, Brijesh was running for the President's post with N Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him. We are happy Sourav is the new President," PTI quoted a senior official from North East affiliated unit, as saying.
The choice for President's post was always between Ganguly and Patel and the former was finally accepted as a unanimous candidate. Patel could become IPL chairman.
When the new office bearers assume office, it will end a 33-month term of the Committee of Administrators, which called shots in running the cricket affairs in country post Lodha Committee reforms.
(With PTI inputs)