Sourav Ganguly set to take over as BCCI boss: The road ahead for Dada

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly is set to take charge as the head of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after he filed his nomination for the top post for the elections to be held on October 23.Sourav Ganguly, who led India to 21 Test wins, has already been an administrator for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Sourav was also part of the BCCI’s technical panel in the past and a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee, alongside Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.Sourav Ganguly changed the face of Team India with his unparallel leadership, aggressive approach, and will now turn a new leaf as a new chapter starts in the history of Indian cricket. However, Sourav will have to demit his post in September 2020 as he will go into the compulsory cooling-off period.This means that Sourav Ganguly will have only 10 months to resurrect the image of BCCI, which was dealt with a massive blow after the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.In an interview with India Today, Sourav Ganguly likened the present BCCI scenario to an ’emergency-like situation’. Ganguly will also have to restore BCCI’s relation with ICC which has seen an erosion in recent times. Sourav Ganguly wants to meet all the stakeholders in Indian cricket and wants to do something that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) couldn’t do for 33 months.The new BCCI regime under Sourav Ganguly could soon be engaged in a bitter turf battle with the ICC since the world governing body’s proposed Futures Tours Programme (FTP) could significantly hit Indian cricket board’s revenue stream. It will be one of the major challenges, the Sourav Ganguly-Jay Shah regime will face, immediately after assuming office.advertisementGanguly also said that his first priority will be to look after the first-class cricketers and their financial interests. ICC announced significant growth in the women’s tournament prize money and Sourav Ganguly will also have to take major steps to ensure parity in women’s cricket in India.Also, the BCCI and the CoA are battling to enforce the State cricket associations in India fully comply with the Lodha Committee recommendations. Ganguly’s board of tact will come into play to enforce them.Back in 2000, when Sourav Ganguly was handed over the captaincy of the national side, Indian cricket was going through a period of turmoil after the match-fixing exposes. Ganguly changed the mindset of Indian players and instilled the belief to win overseas and play the game with an aggressiveness approach.Under his leadership, India started winning Test matches away and put together a splendid streak that helped them share the Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002 and took them all the way to the World Cup final in 2003. Victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in their backyard turned Sourav Ganguly into a cult figure.India captain Virat Kohli had a dislike for former India coach Anil Kumble’s hard-nosed style of managing the team’s affairs. It will be interesting to see how things will rack up when Sourav Ganguly the administrator will take control of Indian cricket which has seen the captain-coach combo of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri at the helm for a majority of the last five years.Also Read | BCCI needs to be respected by the ICC: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly: Indian cricket’s crisis man since 1996, set to start new chapter as BCCI presidentAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly 1st India cricketer in 65 years to become BCCI presidentAlso See:last_img read more

Thuram, Aouchiche and the teenage Ligue 1 stars to watch

first_imgThe new Ligue 1 season is just hours away, and fans are excited to see their club’s latest big-money signings in action.Perhaps even more satisfying for a supporter, though, is seeing a young player flourish when given the opportunity on the biggest stage.But who should you be looking out for when the teams are named on the opening weekend? Goal breaks down some of the top talents the French top flight has to offer in 2019-20…last_img