Alexa Sourav Ganguly elected president of India’s cricket board

Sourav Ganguly elected president of India’s cricket board


Published: 13:21 23 October 2019   Updated: 16:06 23 October 2019

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday was elected as president of India’s troubled cricket board, the most powerful and richest cricket board in the world.

The 47-year-old Ganguly the only nominee to the post, was appointed as the 39th chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at a meeting in Mumbai.

"It's official - @SGanguly99 formally elected as the President of BCCI," the board posted on Twitter.

His appointment ends more than two years of a Supreme Court-appointed committee overseeing the board's affairs. Ex-chief Anurag Thakur and his number two Ajay Shirke were axed by the top court in January 2017 over their failure to enact a series of recommended reforms.

One of the most successful national captains in the sport, Ganguly has promised to clean up the mess after he filed his nomination to the post last week. 

The left-handed opener retired from Test cricket in 2008 having accumulated 7,212 runs including 16 centuries - his first made at Lord's on debut.  

Cricket's massive popularity in India has helped its cricket board become by far the wealthiest of all of the sport's national boards, netting massive money from sponsorship and TV deals.