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AFP
October 15, 2019

Ganguly poised to become BCCI chief

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AFP
October 15, 2019

MUMBAI: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly 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. Monday was the last day for filing nominations.

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 Amit Shah, is tipped for the secretary’s post.

Ganguly said his priority as president would be to polish BCCI’s image. “I’m happy... as it’s a very important time in Indian cricket administration because of what has happened in the last three years,” Ganguly told reporters after filing his nomination.

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