Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has been given the push to be in contention for the position of the BCCi chief by former Indian veteran Sunil Gavaskar. Something which a lot of people in the country today will back. Ganguly has emerged as the front-runner to take over as BCCI president after former president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were sacked from their respective posts by the Supreme Court on Monday. The verdict to sack Thakur and Shirke in the BCCI versus Justice R M Lodha Committee came after months of a bitter court battle. The Lodha Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court after a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League, has recommended certain specific changes pertaining to the way the cricketing board in the country is run.
Currently president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, the left-handed batsmen who is widely regarded as one of the best captains of India qualifies for the top role given he has attended two annual general meetings (AGM) — one of the criterions required to head the body. Currently, the SC bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur has said that the working of BCCI will be looked after by a committee of administrators and requested senior advocate Fali S Nariman and senior advocate Gopal Subramanian to assist the court in nominating persons of impeccable integrity as the members in the committee of administrators.
At present, C.K. Khanna, the vice-president from the Central Zone, is the senior most official in the BCCI. Besides Ganguly, the names doing the rounds are TC Matthew (vice-president, West Zone) and Gautam Roy (vice-president, East Zone). Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar backed up the former cricketer from Bengal as he expressed his desire to see Ganguly take the top job. “BCCI has got a very good bench strength to take up the bigger roles and one name that comes to my mind is Sourav Ganguly,” said Gavaskar as reported by NDTV.