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Journalist Rajat Sharma become new DDCA boss beating Madan Lal by 517 Votes
Journalist Rajat Sharma become new DDCA boss beating Madan Lal by 517 Votes

Rajat Sharma Resigns From DDCA’s President Post

Senior Journalist Rajat Sharma has resigned from the post of President of Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA). With the support of Ex-Financial Minister Arun Jaitely, Rajat earned the valuable post on 1st July 2018. But now, he has submitted his resignation letter to the Supreme Court.

He has requested to end his 20-month tenure with immediate effects. In his resignation letter, He expressed that the administration is “full of pulls and pressures”.

“The cricket administration here is full of pulls and pressures all the time. I feel that vested interests are always actively working against the interest of cricket,” Sharma said in a statement.

Rajat Sharma, DDCA
Rajat Sharma.

Rajat Sharma decided to call it a day

There were reports that he had a difference with the general secretary Vinod Tihara, who has more like in the organisation.

Rajat Sharma further wrote that the work carried in DDCA is against his principals of honesty and integrity. His statements reflect that there is something fishy in the work of Administration.

“It seems that it may not be possible to carry on in DDCA with my principles of integrity, honesty and transparency, which I am not willing to compromise at any cost,” he added.

“That’s why I have decided to call it a day and hereby tender my resignation to the Apex Council from the post of President, DDCA with immediate effect,” he added. 

Earlier Gautam Gambhir resigned from the post

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Source – Twitter

Just Four weeks ago, former Indian cricketer turned politician, Gautam Gambhir, resigned from the post of director of DDCA. A close source to Gambhir had revealed that the former player wanted to do a lot for the Delhi cricketers but he was not given the freedom from DDCA.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Sourav Ganguly Officially Becomes New BCCI President

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has officially become the new President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He is the 39th BCCI President. It also ends the 33-month long reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

On Wednesday (23rd October) morning, the BCCI has officially introduced their 39th President. He has been elected unanimously for this role. After Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, Sourav Ganguly is only the second Indian cricketer to become the BCCI President. While Maharajkumar of Vizianagram played three Tests all in 1936, he was the BCCI President from 1954 to 1956.

Bengal cricketer Sourav Ganguly played international cricket from 1992 to 2008. He played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs where the left-handed batsman scored 7,212 runs (average 42.17) and 11,363 runs (average 41.02) respectively. Also, as a right-arm medium pacer, Ganguly took 32 Test wickets and 100 ODI wickets.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Ganguly was one of the successful Indian captains as he led the national side in 195 international matches (49 Tests and 146 ODIs). Under his leadership, India won 97 international matches (21 Tests and 76 ODIs). Ganguly-led India won the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 (jointly with Sri Lanka). He also led Asia XI in ODI.

Sourav Ganguly is an experienced administrator

Before the latest role as BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly has experienced the administrative roles of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for more than last five years. According to the new rule, Ganguly can continue the BCCI President role till July 2020 where he will complete his six-year tenure of administrative roles in Indian cricket. After July 2020, Ganguly will face the three-year cooling-off period.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

In past, Ganguly was also a part of the BCCI’s technical panel. He was also a member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. In July 2017, those CAC members chose Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach of Indian men’s national cricket team.

Meanwhile, Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators (CoA) has immediately ended their tenure with the announcement of new BCCI President.

Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Trolls, Instagram
Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh (Image Credit: Google)

U R My Super Star: Sourav Ganguly Calls Yuvraj Singh

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is ready to take up the role of the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Many members of the cricket family have congratulated Ganguly and wish best for him. Former cricketer Yuvraj Singh also wished Ganguly in his familiar style. Ganguly has recently replied on that and called him his superstar.

Sourav Ganguly was one of the famous and successful captains of the Indian national cricket team. He took up that duty when the Indian cricket was downgrading along with the worldwide controversies and criticism.

It was a tough journey, but stubborn Ganguly slowly built up a strong national team. Later, many of those team members have guided the national team to bigger success.

On 23rd October 2019, Sourav Ganguly will take over the President charge of BCCI. Like many others, Yuvraj Singh has also congratulated him along with sending him good wishes. Yuvraj sent that message in his familiar style on the Twitter account. In that post, Yuvraj also brought out the yoyo test segment which forced him to end his international career.

Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Yuvraj tweeted, “Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president.Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demand?good luck dadi?@SGanguly99”

Thank u the best .. u have won India world cups – Sourav Ganguly replied Yuvraj Singh

Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh (Image Credit: Google)

Recently, Ganguly replied on that post. The former Indian captain called him the best who guided India to win the World Cups. Ganguly also added that Yuvraj was his superstar.

Ganguly replied, “Thank u the best .. u have won India world cups .. time to do good things for the game now .. u r my super star .. god bless always”

Under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, Yuvraj made his international debut. He was the star of India’s victories in the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. In fact, Yuvraj won the Player of the Tournament award in the ICC CWC 2011 for his incredible all-round performances.

Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid

Great Signs For Indian Cricket: Virender Sehwag On BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is set to take the new duty from October 23. Sourav Ganguly will unanimously become the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Former Indian cricketers Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman wished Sourav Ganguly for the new role.

Ganguly will have to leave all the media contract and also the position of president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to join the new role. As the per the rule, the BCCI officials can not hold more than one post.

Also, he will not host or participate as the expert in TV Show and will have to leave the commentary till his tenure end as BCCI President. Ganguly, who is also called as Dada in the cricket world, will hold the position till the middle of 2020. The Board will accept healthy decisions from the former Indian captain.

Virender Sehwag congratulates his teammate Ganguly and celebrates the decision. He believes that Ganguly will give new wings to BCCI.

Sourav Ganguly. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Google)

Congratulations Dada. Der hai andher nahi. Great signs for Indian Cricket. May this stint be an extension of the tremendous contribution you have already had on Indian cricket,” Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter.

Under your leadership, Indian Cricket will continue to prosper – VVS Laxman about BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

Former Cricketer VVS Laxman also congratulates Ganguly and he also hopes that Ganguly will work for the betterment of cricket in India.

Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman (Imafe Credit: Google)

“Congrats @SGanguly99 on becoming the President of @BCCI I have got no doubt that under your leadership Indian Cricket will continue to prosper. Wishing you lots of success in your new role Dada,” Laxman wrote.

Sourav Ganguly was the captain of the Indian team and under him, the Indian team had won many series. On Monday (14th October), he filed his nomination in Mumbai. Also, Brijesh Patel is set to become the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sourav Ganguly talked to media and said that he would work for the organisation to bring back the image which was deteriorated in recent past. He opines that he will bring back the system.

Sourav Ganguly, CAB
Image Credits: BCCI

Sourav Ganguly Will Lose Rs 7 Crore After Becoming BCCI President

Sourav Ganguly will take the seat of BCCI’s president on October 23. The position will be expensive for Sourav Ganguly as he will lose more than Rs 7 Crore. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Ganguly will not be able to do commentary and will not be present in TV shows as expert or host which will lead to loss of this much money to the former Indian captain.

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Ganguly had shown interest in holding the top position in the Board of Control for Cricket in India. It will be his first experience as the president of BCCI and will hold the post till July 2020 after which he could take up the roles of commentator or host or expert.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter).

Sourav Ganguly will leave Delhi Daredevils

He is also the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and will leave the role to hold the new position. The veteran will also have to leave his all media contracts because of conflict of interest issue. As per the Lodha reforms, no official can hold more than one post at a time. Because of the rule, Rahul Dravid had also left the role of the Delhi Daredevils’ coach to be the coach of India A and U-19.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Ganguly was disband because of the same rule.

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Ganguly is also connected with IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) as the advisor and will also leave the franchise. Under him, Delhi Capitals, the first time in six years, reached in the playoffs. His decisions proved beneficial for the team.

Everyone will have an eye on the former Indian captain.

Delhi Capitals, Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly Ready To Leave Advisor Role Of Delhi Capitals

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is reportedly ready to become the next President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). To take up this major role, Ganguly is ready to leave his role for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise side Delhi Capitals (DC).

At present, Sourav Ganguly is the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). BCCI will hold the AGM (Annual General Meeting) on 23rd October where Ganguly is likely to become BCCI president unanimously.

Delhi Capitals, Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Once Ganguly will officially become the President of BCCI, he has to leave the advisor post of Delhi Capitals. He has taken this role ahead of the IPL 2019.

Before the IPL 2019, the Delhi franchise was struggling for a long time. From 2013 to 2018 season, the Delhi franchise hugely failed in the IPL tournaments. They never qualified for the playoffs in that long period.

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Under the advisor Sourav Ganguly, Delhi Capitals improved remarkably in IPL 2019

However, IPL 2019 was different for the Delhi franchise who has come with the new name Delhi Capitals. DC performed far better in this tournament as they gradually became a consistent team in that tournament. They finally qualified for the playoffs after finishing at the third position in the points table.

Delhi Capitals, Sourav Ganguly
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: IPL)

Later, Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the thrilling Eliminator. However, in the Qualifier 2, DC lost against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). At the end of that tournament, DC finished at the third position. It is their joint-best record in IPL history.

Many have credited Sourav Ganguly for this amazing success. Along with Ricky Ponting-led coaching staff, Ganguly properly guided Shreyas Iyer-led DC in the IPL 2019. After a long time, the fans of Delhi-franchise have enjoyed the IPL tournament.

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But Ganguly now has to leave this position once he becomes the BCCI President. It is important to see how the Delhi franchise performs in IPL 2020 in the absence of Ganguly.

Sourav Ganguly is likely to stay as the BCCI President till July 2020. After that, he has to face the mandatory three-year cooling-off period. Ganguly has already completed five years in CAB administration.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly Set To Become Next BCCI President

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is likely to become the next president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Sourav Ganguly is currently the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). In last month, he has retained his position as the CAB president after there was no opposition.

Ganguly is now reportedly to become the next BCCI President during the upcoming BCCI AGM on 23rd October. While Monday (14th October) is the last day to file the nomination for the BCCI President post, Ganguly is likely to take up this role unanimously without any fight.

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Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Sourav Ganguly is around ten months away from the mandatory cooling-off period

However, Sourav Ganguly can stay as the BCCI President only till July 2020. After that, the former Indian captain will have to face the mandatory three-year cooling-off period.

Ganguly has already completed five years in CAB administration while a candidate can stay in the Indian cricket administration for the maximum six consecutive years. After the consecutive six years of administration, the candidate has to face a mandatory three-year cooling-off period before returning to the administration post.

In the meantime, the 66-year-old Brijesh Patel is likely to become the next Chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL). Brijesh Patel played for India in 21 Tests and 10 ODIs from 1974 to 1979.

Earlier, Patel was favourite to become the next BCCI President as the former BCCI President N Srinivasan backs him. However, in the last moment, Sourav Ganguly has dramatically risen in this contention.

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Meanwhile, Jay Shah is likely to take up the BCCI secretary post. Jay Shah is the son of the Home Minister Amit Shah. Recently, Amit Shah and Jay Shah both have resigned from their respective posts of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA). While Amit Shah was the President of GCA, Jay Shah was the joint secretary of GCA.

Also, Arun Dhumal has been expected to become the next BCCI treasurer. Dhumal is the brother of former BCCI President Anurag Thakur. Jayesh George, the President of Kerala Cricket Association (KCA), is likely to take up the joint secretary role.

Himanta Biswa Sarma elected BAI President

New Delhi, April4: Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Tuesday unanimously elected the Badminton Association of India (BAI) President during its annual general body meeting in Goa.

Ajay Kumar Singhania was elected the Secretary General while former Tamil Nadu Badminton Association president and former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss was elected treasurer. Both were elected unanimously.

Sarma had taken over as the interim BAI President last year after the demise of Akhilesh Das Gupta. He will serve for four years.

Congratulating all the office-bearers, Sarma vowed to take India to the pinnacle of world badminton.

“I would like to congratulate all the elected members and I am sure that everyone will fulfil their responsibilities to the best of their capacity. Indian badminton has been on an all-time high and we as a federation will strive to take it forward and make Indian badminton to the top of the pedestal,” Sarma said.

“I would also like to bring it to everyone’s notice that I along with the entire office-bearers will be working in complete transparent manner and will work to make the BAI, the most professional National Sports Federation (NSF) in the country,” he added.

Aftab Hussain Saikia, the chairman of the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission, was the returning officer and the electoral process was conducted under his watchful eyes.

A total of 61 votes were cast by the 31 member affiliates with each state casting two votes except for Telengana which is on a provisional affiliation.

Pondicherry Badminton Association was barred from voting as they currently stand as a defunct body.

A total of 42 posts were up for grabs including the position of President, Senior Vice-President, 12 Vice Presidents, three Secretaries, eight Joint Secretaries and 16 Executive Committee members.

All the executive committee members were also elected unanimously.

Sandor Wladar (Image Source: Google)

Olympic Medallist Elected Hungarian Swimming Association President

Budapest, Sep 25 (IANS) Sandor Wladar, the 200-metre backstroke gold medallist at the 1980 Moscow Olympics Games, was elected the new President of the Hungarian Swimming Association here.

The 54-year-old swimmer was elected during an extraordinary General Assembly on Sunday, to fill the void after former President Gusztav Bienerth quit on September 1, reports Xinhua news agency.

Wladar, the sole candidate for the post, was appointed with an overwhelming majority of 143 votes to 5, while one delegate abstained.

The new president called the mandate “a great and honourable” task, at the press conference following the General Assembly.

He stressed that he did not want to talk about the past, but wanted to start working with a clean sheet in the future.

“Everyone starts to work with a clean sheet, and we need a lot of work, and also a lot of humility,” he said.

He also underlined that he wanted that the news in the press speak about the success and achievements of the swimmers, and not the disputes within the association.

He also announced that four-time Olympic champion Tamas Darnyi has agreed to become his presidential advisor.


Andrea Agnelli Appointed New ECA President

Geneva, Sep 5 (IANS) Andrea Agnelli was on Tuesday appointed President of the European Club Association (ECA) during its 19th General Assembly here.

The Italian Juventus President took over the helm replacing German Karl Heinz Rummenigge, who was in charge of the association since its foundation in 2008, reports Efe.

“My predecessor, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has set a great example and has set the bar of achievements at a very high level,” Agnelli said after his appointment.

“I am looking forward, together with the Executive Board and the Administration, to build on his significant results as we manage ECA in the coming years,” he added.

Agnelli suggested a review of the Financial Fair Play Regulations to make sure it responds to the current needs.

He declined to talk about the most controversial case during the summer transfer window — Paris Saint Germain’s record signing of Brazilian forward Neymar Jr — saying that UEFA, the competent authority, had opened an investigation into possible violations.

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