Ex India captain Sourav Ganguly is all set to become the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after he filed his nomination on Monday in Mumbai.
Ganguly was the lone candidate applying for the job and is set to be elected unopposed as the president. The Bengal stalwart was accompanied by former BCCI and ICC chief N Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah and Rajeev Shukla as he went to submit his papers at the board headquarters.
Later in the evening, he met with former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, his brother Arun Singh Dhumal, Jay Shah and the couple of other members who are all set to assume new posts in the BCCI under Ganguly.
Arun Dhumal is Anurag Thakur's younger brother and is most likely to be named the new treasurer while Jay Shah, Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son, is set to become the new board secretary.
"The new team at. @bcci .. hopefully we can work well .. anurag thakur thank you for seeing this through," Ganguly captioned the post as he posed for a picture with his new team.
Ganguly will become only the 2nd India cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to serve as the president of the BCCI. Despite playing only 3 Test matches for India, the Maharaja of Vizianagaram a.k.a Vizzy served as BCCI president between 1954 and 1956.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav have also served as interim BCCI presidents in 2014. The BCCI elections were scheduled to be held on October 23 but with Sourav Ganguly being the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post of Indian cricket, he is set to be elected unopposed.
Shedding light on the dramatic turn of events in which he piped Brijesh Patel to become the frontrunner for BCCI president post, Ganguly said: "I didn't know I would be the President when I came down. You (the reporter) asked me and I told you it's Brijesh and when I went up and I came to know it has changed. I have never been in a BCCI election and I never knew it worked like this."