Sourav Ganguly could get an extension as the President of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the board might dilute the cooling-off period clause for the office-bearers, a report in PTI suggests. As per the Lodha panel recommendations, an office-bearer has to go on a three-year cooling-off period after two consecutive terms in BCCI or a state association.
Ganguly had been appointed as the President of Cricket Associaton of Bengal President in 2015 and as for now, will have to go on a cooling-pff period in September 2020. However, if the rules are diluted, he will be able to continue as BCCI’s chief till 2024. The Supreme Court of India will take a decision on this and if accepted, Ganguly will be able to complete his five-year term.
He took over the position on October 23. Earlier, it was Brijesh Patel who looked set to be named BCCI’s President and Ganguly’s name was finalised in the last minute. The former India captain has had a successful stint till now. Under him, the Indian team agreed to play the first-ever pink-ball Test which was played at Eden Gardens.
Unlike the home Tests against South Africa, the stands at the Eden Gardens were filled with fans. The historic Test saw Bangladesh’s Prime Minister and India legends turn up for the occasion.
The next job for BCCI will be to name a Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), selectors and take a call on MS Dhoni. BCCI has had two CACs so far but the members of both the committees left due to Conflict of Interest issue. The new CAC might include Sachin Tendulkar.
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Team India will have new selectors as the tenure of two selectors have been completed. It is not known whether only those two selectors will be replaced or will the panel undergo an overhaul change.
Regarding Dhoni, there has been no update yet. The former India skipper recently hinted at taking a call on his carer next month. He will either retire from the game in January 2020 or might make a comeback to international cricket.