Former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday denied he was a front-runner to become the board president after the latest turn of events at the BCCI. Dismissing the suggestion that he was running for the post of BCCI president, Ganguly said at the CAB office: “My name is coming up unnecessarily. I don’t qualify. I have just completed one year (as the CAB president) and have got two more years left. I am not in the running (for the BCCI president’s post).”
Asked whether the CAB would implement the Lodha Committee’s reforms, Ganguly said the association had no option but to obey the SC order. “We are having an office-bearers’ meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) where we will decide on the future,” he said.
The CAB chief said even though several of the present officials would be ineligible to contest in the association’s polls, there would be others to fill the void.
Ganguly said CAB would hold its Special General Meeting only after the conduct of the third ODI between India and England at the Eden Gardens on January 22.
Early, the Supreme Court had ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur as chief of India’s cricket board and also ordered the sacking of secretary Ajay Shirke due to the board’s failure to implement the Lodha panel’s recommendations in toto.
The court had told BCCI that all recommendations of the panel were to be implemented. The committee, appointed by the Supreme Court after a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League, has recommended sweeping changes in cricket administration in India.
(With inputs from PTI)