Former 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:
Mauro Icardi does not believe his Inter career is over and has rejected offers from other clubs that nobody else would have turned down, according to Wanda Nara, his wife and agent.The Argentina striker has long been expected to leave San Siro after being frozen out of the first-team picture.Juventus, Monaco and Napoli have all been credited with interest but, ahead of Inter’s opening Serie A match of the season against Lecce on Monday, Icardi is still their player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The former club captain has been given the No.7 shirt – his previous No.9 jersey having been handed to new signing Romelu Lukaku – in a sign that he could yet stay at the club.Nara insists Icardi does not want to play for any other club and is confident he can win over head coach Antonio Conte.”We have many friends in Naples. It’s true – he has said no to every destination that is not Inter,” she said on Mediaset show Tiki Taka.”Everyone has known his choice since the start of the summer and that is the case for any team that has shown interest. In my view, at the end of the day, he will remain at Inter.”He doesn’t believe it’s over at Inter. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know his words when the transfer market opened. He has stayed consistent.”There were offers that no player in the world would have turned down, but he said no for Inter.”Conte has denied Icardi is causing a “disturbance” within the squad, but he is not expected to use the striker on Monday.”I have great respect for everyone, but I don’t feel any disturbance,” the coach said. “We are working hard, we know full well what approach has been taken with the player, but it is not causing any disturbance for me.”The Nerazzurri are also still said to be keen on signing Alexis Sanchez on loan from Manchester United, a deal that would further complicate Icardi’s position within the squad.Icardi has not played for the club since the 2-1 defeat of Empoli on the final day of the 2018-19 season.He scored 17 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions last term.
I-League: Chennai City trump Shillong Lajong through late goals from Pedro ManziPedro Manzi scored two late goals to give Chennai City a 4-2 win over Shillong Lajong and consolidate their position at the top of the I-League points tableadvertisement Press Trust of India ShillongFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 21:31 IST Pedro Manzi scored two goals in the 78th and 90th minute to win the game for Chennai City (I-League Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChennai City beat Shillong Lajong 4-2 to maintain I-League leadKitboklang Pale and Samuel Lyngdoh scored for Shillong LajongManzi got a brace, while Sandro and Nestor scored one each for Chennai CityPedro Manzi scored two goals and set up another to guide table-toppers Chennai City FC to a 4-2 win over hosts Shillong Lajong in a return leg fixture of the Hero I-League in Shillong on Monday.Pedro, the current highest scorer in the 12th I-League with 18 goals to his credit, changed the complexion of the match in a span of 12 minutes.Spaniards Sandro Rodriguez and Nestor Jesus were the other goal scorers for Chennai, while Kitboklang Pale and Samuel Lyngdoh scored for the home team.Chennai consolidated their position at the top with 37 points from 17 games, five points clear of their nearest rival East Bengal.Shillong remained at the bottom of the table with 10 points from the same number of games.Akbar Nawaz gave new recruit and Italian keeper Mauro Boerchio his first start under the Chennai woodwork while Allison Kharsyntiew started with an unchanged XI.It’s 2-4 at JLN Stadium, Shillong!#LAJCCFC #HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/vMahxptOlw Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 18, 2019The game began with Chennai City pressing hard from the first minute. The Spanish duo of Pedro and Sandro along with Ajith Kumar combined well to threaten the young Lajong defence.It soon yielded results when Sandro curled in a corner into Shillong net past keeper Phurcha Lachempa in the seventh minute to hand Chennai the lead.Lajong then lost their keeper Lachempa to an injury.Shillong started to attack a little late in the half and made some threatening moves to keep debutant Mauro Boerchio busy.advertisementPhrangki Buam, Mahesh Naorem, and Kitboklang Pale combined well to create a few opportunities but could not convert any.Lajong’s efforts finally paid dividends when Kitboklang Pale came up with a clinical finish, after a brilliant through ball from Phrangki Buam in the 23rdminute.The first half came to an end with the scoreline reading 1-1 for both the teams.In the second half, Lajong began on a more enterprising note but Phrangki Buam and Samuel Lyngdoh wasted some golden chances.However, as has been the case throughout the length of the league, Chennai’s Spanish armada led by Pedro changed the complexion of the game in the last 12 minutes.Off a Sandro free-kick from the left flank in the 78th minute, Pedro headed in for his 17th goal of the league.He then latched on to a long ball four minutes later, from Josef Kaplan from inside the Chennai half and crossed accurately for countryman Nestor Jesus to head home.Samuel Lyngdoh then converted a penalty in the 85th minute to keep Shillong interested before Pedro’s 90th-minute strike sealed the match in Chennai’s favour.Also Read | Minerva Punjab moves court after AIFF goes ahead with I-League game in SrinagarAlso Read | Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real KashmirAlso Read | What a shame Minerva Punjab did not turn up for I-League match, say Real Kashmir FCAlso Read | Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tieFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Chennai cityFollow Shillong LajongFollow i-leagueFollow Pedro Manzi Next