India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly has denied being in the run for the office of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Press Trust of India reported on Wednesday.
“My name is coming up unnecessarily. I don’t qualify. I have just completed one year [as Cricket Association of Bengal president] and have got two more years left. I am not in the running,” Ganguly said.
Yesterday, Hindustan Times reported that Ganguly has emerged as the front-runner to become BCCI president after the board’s current chief Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were dismissed from their offices following a Supreme Court order over failure to enact recommended reforms.
A three-member Supreme Court-appointed panel, headed by former top judge Rajendra Mal Lodha, suggested age and term limits for office-bearers, the formation of a players’ association and a streamlining of the election process.
The reforms, which were submitted before the Supreme Court, also recommended that ministers and government officials not hold office, which the BCCI failed to implement.
Ganguly’s Bengal state was one of the few states willing to implement the reforms.
“Cricket Association of Bengal has no option but to obey the Supreme Court order,” the 44-year-old former captain said. “We are having an officer-bearers’ meeting [on Wednesday] where we will decide on the future.”
Ganguly, who represented India in 113 Test and 311 one-day internationals, said as per the Lodha reforms several of the Bengal cricket association’s current officials would be ineligible to contest in the association polls, but added that “there would be others to fill the void”.
Cricket’s massive popularity in India has helped the BCCI become by far the wealthiest of all of cricket’s national boards, netting massive money from sponsorship and TV deals.