Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president

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File Photo: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly seated in his chamber at Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) office, in Kolkata (PTI Photo)

File Photo: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly seated in his chamber at Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) office, in Kolkata (PTI Photo)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday took over as the BCCI’s 39th president, becoming the biggest name to head the world’s richest cricket board.

The 47-year-old Ganguly was officially entrusted with the task of heading Indian cricket for the next nine months at the BCCI’s General Body meeting here, ending a tumultuous 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

It’s official – @SGanguly99 formally elected as the President of BCCI,” the BCCI posted on its Twitter page.

Ganguly’s appointment was finalised last week.

In the meeting that was also a reunion of sorts for some of the familiar faces associated with the board before the CoA’s institution, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah was made the secretary.

During his tenure, Ganguly will look to coordinate with old guards such as former President N Srinivasan and ex-Secretary Niranjan Shah, whose children are now part of the BCCI.

Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand became the new vice-president.

Former BCCI president and current junior finance minster Anurag Thakur’s younger brother Arun Dhumal became the treasurer while Kerala’s Jayesh George took the joint secretary’s position.

Ganguly will need to demit office by the end of July next year as per the provisions of the new constitution, which makes ‘Cooling-Off’ period mandatory after six years in office.

(PTI)