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Sourav Ganguly formally elected as 39th BCCI President

Sourav Ganguly arrived at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday for the AGM. Notably, Ganguly filed his nomination for the role of BCCI president after eleventh-hour drama earlier this month. He has been elected unopposed as the president of richest body in world cricket. Ganguly is likely to serve only 9 months as BCCI president as the “Cooling Off” period clause in the new BCCI constitution makes it mandatory for board officials to step down after 6 years in office.  

Along with Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah was chosen unanimously as the BCCI secretary. Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur was made the new BCCI treasurer and Kerala Cricket Association president Jayesh George was elected as the joint secretary. Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand became the new vice-president. 

The latest elevation fits into his template of constantly defying the odds. In 1996, when he was selected to play for India during the England tour, the elegant southpaw was deemed to have sneaked in through the informal East Zone quota system. His hundred on Test debut at Lord’s though changed all that. When Indian cricket got mired in the match-fixing controversy during 2000, Ganguly took over the reins of captaincy and reclaimed the faith of the fans. But his was a roller-coaster tenure and when the acrimonious split with coach Greg Chappell seemingly ended his career, Ganguly staged a rousing comeback during the South Africa tour in 2006-07. Eleven years after he retired in 2008 with 18,575 international runs and 38 hundreds, the Ganguly story isn’t finished. 

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