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Sourav Ganguly fancied to become BCCI chief after Anurag Thakur's exit

Sourav Ganguly fancied to become BCCI chief after Anurag Thakur's exit

The top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is finally paying for their recalcitrance to judicial orders.

A day after the apex court of the country issued a historic order by sacking Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke as BCCI president and secretary respectively for not implementing Lodha recommendations, former India captain and current Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly chose to play it safe amidst speculations that he can become the next BCCI chief. Asked to name a person who he thinks was suitable to take up the job of BCCI president on interim basis, Gavaskar said, "BCCI has got very good bench strength to take up the bigger rolls and one name that comes to my mind is Sourav Ganguly". "...prima facie we are of the view that Thakur has made statements on affidavit before this court which are false to his knowledge", the court said.

The bench comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.

We are yet to find that out, but for now, he has wished the judges of the apex court all the best in their future endeavours to take Indian cricket forward. It clarified that till the new administrators take over the working of BCCI, the senior-most vice-president of the board will act as the president and the present joint secretary will assume the work as secretary.

At its last hearing on December 16, the CJI had threatened Thakur with a jail term if he was found guilty of lying under oath in an attempt to obstruct the Lodha committee reforms.

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"The BCCI has lost face internationally after this entire saga", Gavaskar was quoted as saying by NDTV. "I have called for a meeting of all office-bearers tomorrow at 5 p.m".

As per the Lodha panel recommendations, office-bearers who are over 70 and/or have already served on the BCCI for nine years can not be considered for the post of interim president. Also, since anyone from the state associations can be nominated for the post, Ganguly's popularity will surely work for him.

However, the court has appointed a two-member panel to appoint an interim committee that will oversee the business operations of the Indian board in the meantime.

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