The New Year 2017 doesn't start on a pleasant note for the top BCCI officials as the Supreme Court of India had sacked the BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke. However, a penalty has also been imposed of dishonesty and contempt of court on them. The SC has given them a timeline till January 19 for their reply with subsequent proofs.
While there is an uncertainty in the sacking of the officials, there is an urgent need to find the replacements. The Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) chief Amitabh Chaudhary is on the verge of holding the position of Shirke. For the top position of the BCCI president, numerous names are already been coined at the moment.
The one name which shines out loud is that of Sourav Ganguly. Currently, he is the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and is doing his job enormously well for the state cricket body. Even when it comes to guiding the players of Bengal, Ganguly takes the first step forward and take the role of their mentor as well at times.
Although, the SC will shortly announce the reliable name for the president’s but they have also clarified that a senior vice president of the BCCI who will obey the Lodha committee's requirements can chair the meetings till January 19.
The current list of BCCI vice-president comprises of – ML Nehru (North Zone), Dr. G Gangaraju (South Zone), Gautam Roy (East Zone), TC Mathew (West Zone) and CK Khanna (Central Zone). However, Dr. G Gangaraju, CK Khanna, and ML Nehra doesn't qualify for the post as per the Lodha criterion. If one see a longer perspective, Sourav Ganguly seems to be the frontrunner for the renowned post.