Sourav Ganguly Refuses IPL Chairmanship, Had Expressed Interest To Continue As BCCI President

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday evening, held a series of meetings with stakeholders of the national cricket body in New Delhi last week. The former India captain was keen to continue as BCCI president but was told that there was no precedent for giving a second term to the board president.

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A BCCI source said, “Sourav was offered the chairmanship of the IPL, but he politely declined the offer. His argument was that he could not accept to head the sub-committee in BCCI after heading the same institution. He had expressed interest in continuing in the post. ,

Arun Singh Dhumal, who is currently the treasurer, is likely to become the IPL chairman. In Dhumal’s case, the decision makers awaited Ganguly’s decision on the IPL presidency and once he declined, they promoted the man from Himachal, who had been ranked as one of the most accomplished men in the previous BCCI cabinet.

With Ganguly out of the picture, the representation of the former was always the call of Assam CM Biswa Sarma as he played a crucial role last time as well.

The names of the members in the BCCI Apex Council and the IPL Governing Council will be known when the final list is published in a few days.

India’s 1983 World Cup-winning hero Roger Binny is likely to replace Sourav Ganguly as the BCCI president when the board holds its AGM on October 18, sources in the cricket body said on Tuesday. After hectic talks and back-channel discussions over the past week, it was decided that the 67-year-old from Bengaluru would be the 36th board chairman, according to sources familiar with the development.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah is likely to continue as BCCI secretary for the second consecutive term. Shah is also expected to replace Ganguly as India’s representative on the all-powerful ICC board.

A BCCI source told PTI, “An influential minister in the central government played a key role in deciding the positions in the formation of the board.”

Binny, however, is a surprising choice to lead the BCCI. However, indications were dropped that his name would come up for a post when the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) named him as its representative at the BCCI AGM instead of Secretary Santosh Menon.

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