Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is all but confirmed to take over as the BCCI’s President on October 23, the day when the richest cricketing body will conduct its elections. Ganguly looks set to be appointed unanimously as no other official is expected to throw his hat in the ring for the job.
There were reports that former India batsman Brijesh Patel was the front-runner for the position but as soon as Ganguly announced his candidature, he became the top contender.
While Ganguly is yet to take over the position in the official capacity, the news of him becoming BCCI President saw Twitterati taking a dig at India head coach Ravi Shastri.
Here is how Twitterati reacted –
— A man living on Earth® (@RishabPant777) October 14, 2019
reporter: sir sourav ganguly is the new bcci president how're you feeling?
Ravi Shastri: pic.twitter.com/ZChXRnorRk
— Sir Yuzvendra (parody) (@SirYuzvendra) October 13, 2019
Ravi shastri be like :- pic.twitter.com/Pm50svhIra
— सरपंच जी (@S_H_A_R_M_A_07) October 14, 2019
@SGanguly99 dada ab toh @virendersehwag ko head coach Bana doh aap …. Ravi shastri ji ka time over…. Hera pheri ka dialog yaad a gaya..Ravi ji ke liye..Eee tu kab Tak Beth ke khayega aur kitna khayega😂😂
— KARAMJEET (@karamjeetDiwan) October 14, 2019
— 8யோக்கியன் (@ravi_r08) October 14, 2019
Ravi shastri beware !!! https://t.co/a5oYHgFUn1
— Sai Kiran (@sk_kiran16) October 14, 2019
@SGanguly99 Dada, take care of Ravi Shastri 😚
— 𝔸𝕞𝕒𝕣𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕙 (@am_baner) October 14, 2019
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— 🌵Amit Anand 🌴 (@Amit_Anand__) October 14, 2019
Ganguly and Shastri do not share a good report. In 2016, when Shastri was pipped by Anil Kumble for the head coach job, he blamed the former India captain. The duo continued to speak against each other on television before BCCI asked them to bring the matter to an end.
In 2017, when Shastri replaced Kumble, there were reports that Ganguly wasn’t in the favour Shastri but he (Shastri) had te backing of Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, the other two members of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
It is unlikely that the board will remove Shastri as he was given a two-year contract in August. Though the team’s performances will be scrutinised this time around. In past, the board, captain and coach sat for discussions but with no male cricketer part of COA, neither there were any changes in the coaching set up nor any coach was removed.
In 2014, BCCI had decided to send three coaches to England mid-series after India lost the Tests 1-4. Never during in last two and a half years, a drastic step was taken despite India losing in England and South Africa.
Apart from Ganguly, Jay Shah will also join BCCI in the capacity of Secretary while Arun Dhumal, brother of former BCCI President Anurag Thakur, will be appointed BCCI’s Treasurer.