NEW DELHI: Four days after it was decided that he would not continue as Indian cricket board’s (BCCI) president, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has decided to file nomination for the post of president at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). The move has come as a surprise because he had reportedly declined the board’s offer to become the IPL chairman on October 11.
Ganguly confirmed to TOI that he will be contesting the CAB elections and he intends to file his nomination on October 22 after deciding on his panel. This has put him in pole position to become the president of his home association for the second time.
Ganguly will travel to Mumbai on October 18 to chair the AGM as BCCI president and hand over the reins to the new regime. Ganguly was the president of CAB from 2015-2019 before he became the BCCI president. He is eligible to serve another four years at CAB as per the new BCCI constitution.
In the lead up to the CAB elections, his elder brother Snehasish Ganguly was tipped to become the president replacing Avishek Dalmiya.
Sources close to the development told TOI that Ganguly believes he has a lot more to contribute to cricket as an administrator. “Ganguly wants to work on cricket and helping cricketers. He has always been very passionate about CAB. He couldn’t continue as BCCI president because the board doesn’t encourage one person to continue as president for two successive terms. But he has substantial experience as an administrator now,” the source said.
It was widely speculated that Ganguly could run for the chairmanship at the International Cricket Council (ICC). That theory seems to have fizzled out. On October 18, the board will decide on its representative at ICC. Sources said it is likely that secretary Jay Shah will be preferred over incoming president Roger Binny. It will be interesting to see if the board even discusses a potential nominee from India to contest the ICC elections.


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