Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) electoral officer N Gopalaswami has validated all nominations for the electoral process after nominee scrutiny on Tuesday. The apex body of Indian cricket will release the final list of nominations for the top jobs in BCCI on Wednesday as no withdrawals are expected.
Sourav Ganguly is thus all set to be named the new BCCI president. The former India captain filed his nomination for the post of BCCI president on Monday after late night drama on Sunday. Ganguly was the only candidate to apply for the high profile job and he will be elected unopposed.
Former India and Karnataka batsman Brijesh Patel was frontrunner for the BCCI president job until Sunday morning but things changed dramatically and in favour of Sourav Ganguly by evening.
Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s brother Jay Shah had filed nomination for BCCI secretary post, Kerala Cricket Association chief Jayesh George for the joint secretary post, former BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s brother Arun Singh Dhumal for the treasurer role and Brijesh Patel for the Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman post.
The nominations for the following posts was also validated after scrutiny by the BCCI electoral officer.
Vice-President – Mahim Verma
Secretary – Jay Amitbhai Shah
Treasurer – Arun Singh Dhumal
Councillor – Prabhtej Singh Bhatia
IPL Governing Council Member – Brijesh Parsuram Patel
Governing Council Member – M Khairul Jamal Majumdar
Speaking after filing his nomination on Monday, Sourav Ganguly told India Today that he wants to get the system back in order. Notably, the Supreme Court appointed a 3-member commmitttee, Committee of Administrators which oversaw the operations of the BCCI for 33 months.
“The organization belongs to the members and they had no say in the last three years. There were reforms. There were court cases, tussles going on and to be honest there was no connection. Nobody knew when things would get solved and how things would go forward. From that point of view, I have never seen anything like this. We will get the system back in order,” Sourav Ganguly said.
Sourav Ganguly was congratulated by his former teammates Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman on Tuesday. Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda Taibu also took to social media to congratulate Ganguly.
“Congratulations Dada. Der hai Andher nahi. Great signs for Indian Cricket. May this stint be an extension of the tremendous contribution you have already had on Indian cricket,” Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter.
(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)