Mumbai: Former Team India Skipper Sourav Ganguly has officially been appointed as the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday.
Sourav was unanimously elected at the apex body's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 23rd October.
The “Prince of Kolkata” was unopposed and has become only the second Indian cricketer after the Maharaja of Vizianagaram to take up the role of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president.
Sourav, who has played 113 Tests, 311 one-day internationals, and led India to 21 Test wins has also headed the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
Along with Ganguly, Union Home Miniter Amit Shah’s son was unanimously elected as the BCCI secretary, Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur was made the new BCCI treasurer and Kerala Cricket Association President Jayesh George was elected as the joint secretary.
Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand became the new vice-president.
After his name was finalized as the president, Sourav said that his priority will be to look after first-class cricketers and improve the standard of domestic cricket in the country.
"My first priority will be to look after first-class cricketers. I had requested the CoA and they have not listened. Ranji Trophy cricket will be the focus. To take care of cricketers' financial interest," the former cricketer said.
Sourav Ganguly’s election has effectively ended the unbridled 33-month reign of the Supreme Court elected Committee of Administrators (CoA).