Newly elected BCCI President Sourav Ganguly hailed former Indian skipper MS Dhoni as a 'çhampion' and said that India was very proud to have a cricketer like MS Dhoni. Sourav Ganguly took charge as the BCCI President on October 23 after he was formally elected as the board's President without any opposition. Addressing the media after he assumed charge, Sourav Ganguly outlined on various issues that he would be focusing on as he takes over the reins including improving the standard of domestic cricket, pending payments with the ICC, the quality and treatment of first-class cricket in India and in extending support to skipper Virat Kohli in order to make India the best team.
The new BCCI President responded to a question on MS Dhoni's retirement and said that it was the wicketkeeper-batsman's call to make. citing his own example, Sourav Ganguly narrated how he was left out of the team but staged a comeback while everyone counted him out and continued to play for four years after that. Hailing MS Dhoni as a 'champion', Sourav Ganguly said that India was very proud to have a cricketer like MS Dhoni and that champions did not finish quickly. Sourav Ganguly said that he did not know about MS Dhoni's future plans and called him one of the greats of the game.
" If you sit down and take note MS Dhoni's achievements, you will say wow! it is M S Dhoni. Till I am around everybody will be respected, that doesn't change", said Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly is the unanimous nomination for the post of BCCI president along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay as the secretary. Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand is the new vice-president. Former BCCI president and current MoS finance Anurag Thakur's younger brother Arun Dhumal is the treasurer while Kerala's Jayesh George is the joint secretary. However Sourav Ganguly will have a curtailed tenure of around nine months as he would need to demit office by the end of July, next year as per the provisions of new constitutions, which makes 'Cooling-Off' period mandatory after six years in office. Easily one of the most high profile names to assume office, Sourav Ganguly will make use of his experience gained as the secretary and later president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), which will come in handy. He has set a few goals -- primary being restructuring of first-class cricket as well as getting the administration back in shape along with getting India's position of reverence back in the corridors of the International Cricket Council. With Conflict of Interest rules being an impediment, Sourav Ganguly will also face the challenge of having quality cricketers on board as far as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and national selection committee are concerned. Last but certainly not the least, his take on cricketing policies -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's international future, Day/Night Test cricket, permanent Test centers will also be dissected.