Sourav Ganguly formally appointed as BCCI chief

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Sourav Ganguly formally appointed as BCCI chief
Sourav Ganguly formally appointed as BCCI chief

Mumbai : Former Indian opener and captain Sourav Ganguly has officially been appointed as the BCCI chief. He became the 39th President of the BCCI on Wednesday at its general body meeting in Mumbai, ending a tumultuous 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

The BCCI announced the news via their official Twitter handle with a picture of Sourav Ganguly taking charge in the presence of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, Electoral officer N Gopalaswami and other top board officials.

As reported earlier, Ganguly was the unanimous choice for the post of BCCI president along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay as the secretary.

However, Ganguly will have a curtailed tenure of around nine months as he would need to demit office by the end of July next year as per the provisions of new constitutions, which makes ‘Cooling Off’ period mandatory after six years in office.

The bigger challenge he will have to face would be choosing the quality cricketers on board as far as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and national selection committee are concerned.

"It’s a great opportunity for me to do something good," the former India captain had said last week.

The 10-month is a short period and it also needs to be seen how the former India captain handles the disqualified old guards like N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah, whose children are now officially part of the BCCI.