New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday said “It is a very important time in the Indian cricket administration because of all that’s happened in the last three years. To be in a position where I can make a difference along with the team would be extremely satisfying. Hopefully, in the next few months we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in Indian cricket,” Ganguly said. “Conflict is another issue which I feel really needs to be looked at it. Look at all the appointments which have happened in various forms — whether it’s National Cricket Academy (NCA), Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), and appointment of batting coach or fielding coach, there has been an issue with everything. So, that issue needs to be sorted and that is another serious issue in Indian cricket,” Ganguly said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah is set to become the secretary while Anurag Thakur’s brother Arun Dhumal will hold the position of treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Also, Brijesh Patel is set to take over as IPL chairman. October 14 was the last date to file the nominations for BCCI elections which is scheduled to take place on October 23.
In the AGM meeting, Ganguly will represent the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), while Rajat Sharma and Mohammed Azharuddin will attend as the representatives of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and Hyderabad Cricket Association, respectively. Daughter of former BCCI N Srinivasan, Rupa Gurunath is the new Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president.
In Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), new president is Jaydev Shah, the son of Niranjan Shah, who was its secretary for over four decades.
Gujarat Cricket Association also has Rajya Sabha MP and ex-state association vice-president Parimal Nathwani’s son Dhanraj as vice-president. Former BCCI president and current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar’s son Adwait has been holding office of vice-president at the Vidarbha Cricket Association for last five years.
Yadhupati Singhania head Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA), after his father Gaur Hari’s almost two-decade-long reign. In Chhattisgarh, ex-Cricket Sangh president Baldeo Singh Bhatia’s son Prabhtej now chairs the state body.
State associations like Mumbai, Goa, Odisha and Nagaland have embraced family connections. In Bengal, Ganguly’s uncle Debashish is the treasurer and his elder brother and former Bengal Ranji cricketer Snehasish is Apex Council member.