First priority will be to look after first-class cricketers, says BCCI presidential candidate Sourav Ganguly

first_img Next Rasesh Mandani MumbaiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 08:45 IST Sourav Ganguly is likely to be elected BCCI president unopposed (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly as the front runner for the post of BCCI presidentGanguly will be file his nomination papers at the BCCI headquarters on MondayIndia Today has reliably learnt that it was only the president’s post that Ganguly was ready to take upWhen the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) goes back to being a democracy from October 23rd onwards after three years of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), Indian cricket’s most celebrated captain – Sourav Ganguly – will in all likelihood take over as the next president.For now, it will only be a short stint at the top post for Ganguly as he will have to go in for a cooling off period from July 2020 under the new rules. He has been holding posts in Cricket Association of Bengal for the past five years where he currently serves as president and an administrator can only serve six years at a trot.”That’s the rule. So we will have to deal with it. My first priority will be to look after first class cricketers. I had requested to the CoA and they have not listened. Ranji Trophy cricket will be the focus. To take care of cricketers’ financial interest,” he said after his name was finalized in an informal meeting of BCCI state units.When Ganguly took over as India captain in 2000, Indian cricket was in muddy waters, picking up pieces after the match fixing scandal. He drove Indian cricket to safety and instilled belief that India could win overseas. Now with BCCI’s clout significantly reduced at the ICC, the former skipper’s board-room tact will be at test.”I am happy with the appointment because this is the time when BCCI’s image has got hampered and it’s a great opportunity for me to do something.advertisement”Whether you are elected unopposed or otherwise, it’s a big responsibility because it is the biggest organization in the world of cricket. India is a powerhouse. It will be a challenge,” he said.When India Today asked him to compare his emotions now and when he had become India captain, he said, “Nothing can beat being India captain.””I never thought I would be President,” was his response when asked if he had been thinking. But India Today has reliably learnt, it was only the top post Ganguly was ready to take up when negotiations were on.After Ganguly refused other posts being offered, former India cricketer Brijesh Patel looked set to take over.Subsequently, with Patel’s name not finding complete backing and BJP brass in BCCI in favour of handing reigns to Ganguly, the tide turned.There has also been talk of ruling BJP striking a deal with the cricket star for being the face of their next political battleground – Bengal elections against rival Mamata Banerjee or at least being a star campaigner.Ganguly denied the same. “Nothing of that sort. Nobody has told me,” he said. Ganguly will be filing his nomination papers in person, Monday morning at BCCI headquarters.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly emerges as consensus candidate for BCCI presidentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow BCCIFollow COAFollow BCCI president Sourav Ganguly First priority will be to look after first-class cricketers, says BCCI presidential candidate Sourav GangulyA consensus between the state units of BCCI has been built for former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly as the front runner for the post of BCCI president.advertisementlast_img read more

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Anandasangaree wins Canadian polls

Gary Anandasangaree, son of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Secretary General V. Anandasangaree, has won the new riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park for the Liberal party, beating the Conservatives after the party dropped candidate Jerry Bance late in the campaign.Anandasangaree surged ahead of the the other candidates with an overwhelming majority of the vote. Conservative Leslyn Lewis came in a distant second, followed by NDP candidate Rev. Kantharatnam Shanthikumar, Global News reported. The riding is brand new in this election and was created by combing pieces of three others: the eastern portion of what used to be Scarborough-Rouge River, the Scarborough portion of the former Pickering-Scarborough East and part of Scarborough-Guildwood.Scarborough-Rouge Park stretches from York region south to Lake Ontario. The departure of Bance left the party scrambling to find a new candidate late in the race, opting for Lewis as a fill-in candidate. The riding was thought to be a close three-way race, but Bance was dropped in September after he was reportedly caught on camera urinating in a coffee cup in 2012 in a highly publicized scandal. If the boundaries were the same in the 2011 federal election, voters would have voted 34.8 per cent Liberal, 31.6 per cent Conservative, and 31 per cent NDP. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Audi driver dies after driving the wrong way down the M4 motorway

first_imgA motorist has died after driving the wrong way down a motorway.The driver of a black Audi A3 was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the M4 in Wiltshire at around 10.40pm on Sunday night.Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which also left another driver being rushed to hospital with serious injuries.Officers said the Audi A3 somehow entered the eastbound carriageway of the M4 between junction 16 for Swindon West and junction 17 for Chippenham.The Audi A3 headed west towards Bristol on the eastbound section of the road, and collided with several cars before a head-on collision with an Audi A4.”The driver of the Audi A3 died at the scene,” said PC Jay Clifton, of the Tri-force roads policing unit.”The driver of the Audi A4 was conveyed to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening,” he added.The M4 between junction 17 and 16 in north Wiltshire was closed for seven hours to carry out an investigations. “Police are keen to trace any witnesses to the incident,” added PC Clifton.”Any persons with information are asked to call 101 and ask for the Tri-Force Investigations Unit. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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