Sourav Ganguly took charge as the 39th BCCI President on Wednesday for a nine-month period after getting elected unopposed earlier. He is credited with resurrecting the image of Indian cricket during the early 2000s when the fixing scandal had rocked the cricket fraternity. All these skills would be once again put to test, maybe even more vigorously, as he would be dealing with not only the youngsters but also many veteran administrators. Ganguly has been joined by Jay Shah as the new secretary and Arun Dhumal as the treasurer in his team. He has promised of a corruption-free and same-for-all BCCI. The 47-year-old, who previously acted as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), said that he will lead the Indian cricket board the same way he led Team India. He said- “there will be no compromise on credibility. It will be a corruption-free and same-for-all BCCI, just as I led India.” BCCI president has also assured Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri that his team would look to make life easy for them but also said that performance would be the key measure. Ganguly further added that he was waiting to have a word with MS Dhoni on his future, saying that champions don’t finish quickly.
When Ganguly revived Indian Cricket
During early 2000, India team was going through its worst phase due to the match fixing scandal but then Ganguly brought in some young talent and Team India became one of the strongest teams in the World. Ganguly took over the captaincy of Indian Cricket team and was able to regain the faith of the fans. Who can forget Ganguly-Chappell controversy which almost ended the former’s career, but Ganguly staged a rousing comeback during the South Africa tour in 2006-07. Once again, he has a lot challenges ahead and the fans would be hoping that he once again lives up to the expectations.
Challenges Sourav Ganguly will face as BCCI president
- The former India captain recently spoke of the money that BCCI is not getting from the ICC. He is a tough negotiator and after so many years of ICC, it is time somebody in BCCI got the dues recovered from ICC. Ganguly said he will help the cricket board recover 372 million US dollars from the International Cricket Council.
- During Ganguly’s first media interaction, he pointed out that he would like to focus more on first-class cricket and pay the cricketers handsomely. He has just 9 months on the job but that is enough to atleast sort some issues in the domestic circuit.
- One area which immediately requires the BCCI President’s attention is the standard of umpiring across all levels. It is no secret that the umpiring is not upto the mark at junior levels and improving it is the need of the hour. One thing Ganguly can do is get state junior and even first-class players into umpiring which will require a good pay package to create interest and after that some decent training should see some of them come through impressively.
- The Groundsmen, who are an important part of the system, must also be taken care of as they have been treated very badly earlier. They need help and a better quality of life. If Indian cricket with all the money cannot do this for its own groundsmen, then nobody else will.