On Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated former Indian captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly for being elected as the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Recalling his rich contribution to Bengal and India, she also expressed her satisfaction with his performance as the CAB Chief. Thereafter, Banerjee wished him good luck for this assignment.
Heartiest congratulations to @SGanguly99 for being unanimously elected @BCCI President. Wish you all the best for your term. You have made India and #Bangla proud. We were proud of your tenure as CAB President. Looking forward to a great new innings.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) October 14, 2019
The tables turned in Ganguly's favour on Saturday during a 5-hour long meeting in which the key BCCI stakeholders participated. Eventually, the participants decided that he would be the unanimous choice ahead of former cricketer Brijesh Patel. Talking to the media, Ganguly said that it was a great feeling to take over as the BCCI President. He stressed on resurrecting the image of the cricket body.
He said, "Obviously, it's a great feeling as I have played for the country and captained the country." The former Indian skipper added, "And I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position for the last three years. Its image has got hampered quite a lot. It's a great opportunity for me to do something good."
He also revealed his intention of taking everyone on board and striving for the welfare of first-class cricketers.
"We will speak to everyone first as we take a decision but my biggest priority will be to look after first-class cricketers. I had requested that to the CoA for three years and they didn't listen. That's the first thing I will do, look after the financial health of our first-class cricketers," Ganguly opined.