MUMBAI: For regular fans, Sourav Ganguly is the ‘Prince,’ who had challenged the status quo in every step — from turning up late for the toss to removing his shirts at cricket’s holy of holies, the Lords. But soon, he will be the new king of Indian cricket.
On Monday, taking a step closer to becoming the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Ganguly filed his nomination, which is only a formality. He is the only candidate running for the prestigious job.
After filing the nomination in Mumbai, the 47-year-old said that he wants to bring normalcy back in the world’s richest and also the most powerful cricket board. But the current Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president did admit that he never expressed any desire to become the president of BCCI.
“Hopefully in the next few months, we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in Indian cricket… I had never expressed my aspirations for this post. I never spoke to anyone. Until 10:30 in the night yesterday (Sunday), I was not aware of this. Then I was informed that I have to be President of the BCCI,” Ganguly told reporters in Mumbai.
Ganguly will become the second Indian captain to hold the top job in BCCI after Maharajkumar (Vizzy) of Vizianagram full time. Vizzy had led India in three Test matches during the 1936 tour of England, then became the president in 1954.
As the news of Ganguly being chosen as the new head of BCCI broke on the Internet, fans, remembering the golden days of Indian cricket, celebrated the announcement with immense zeal.