Sourav Ganguly is running for President of the Cricket Association of Bengal

After being denied the opportunity to serve as President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a second term, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has thrown his hat in the ring for the Cricket Association of Bengal polls. In a text message to The Indian Express, Ganguly confirmed that he would be running for CAB President. CAB polls are scheduled to take place on October 31st.

Ganguly wanted to remain BCCI president but was offered the post of chairman of the Indian Premier League, which he turned down. The BCCI had also made it clear that it would not support the former Indian captain for the post of ICC chairman.

If elected during the CAB elections, it will be Ganguly’s second term as CAB President. He was President from 2015 to 2019 before joining BCCI.

Ganguly appears to have changed his mind now that he is running for CAB President. Earlier this week, at a bank promotional event, Ganguly said: “You can’t play forever. You can’t be an admin forever, but it was fun to do both and see both sides of the coin. I will choose bigger things in the future.”

The BCCI will hold its annual general meeting in Mumbai on October 18 and those who submitted their nominations – including former jack-of-all-trades Roger Binny for president and Jay Shah for secretary – will be unopposed.

Next Tuesday’s BCCI election is expected to be a formality as there was no more than one nomination for any officer post. MP Rajya Sabha Rajeev Shukla will retain his post as Vice President. BCCI will have two new faces as officers. Mumbai’s BJP chief

Ashish Shelar will become treasurer while Devajit Saikia of the Assam Cricket Association is the new joint secretary.

At the promotional event, Ganguly reflected on his time as BCCI President. “I worked in administration for eight years. I was President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and then became President of the BCCI. All of this has a term and you must leave after you finish it. But I think the challenge as a cricketer was much greater. Working in the back room, sitting at tables and running the game gives you time to correct things.

“But if you swiped a delivery from Glenn McGrath on the first morning of a test, you’re out, you haven’t had time to fix it – I think that’s the main difference. But when you take over the administration you realize you are contributing so much that you can make things better for a cricketer and I, as a player who’s been playing for a long time, understood that.

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