From optimism to cynicism: How Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as BCCI chief faded

In November 2019, weeks after his inauguration as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the administration of Sourav Ganguly proposed several amendments to the Board Constitution, written by the Lodha Committee in 2018, which was set up three years earlier by the country’s Supreme Court to recommend improvements to the Constitution of the Board of Directors. the Council. Council work. These amendments, if implemented, would strike at the heart of Lodha’s reforms, and arguably would return the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the days of unrestrained power and lack of accountability.
On September 14 of this year, the Supreme Court approved most of those proposed amendments. More importantly, the court agreed to relax the cool-down rule under which directors were barred from holding long, uninterrupted positions – allowing Ganguly and Jay Shah to serve another term as BCCI’s president and secretary.
Within weeks, in a fierce irony of fate, Ganguly will be out of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There was little to lament, save provided by the political parties, which have surrounded him since his retirement as a player – and which were not at all discouraged. However, there was an overwhelming sense of disappointment, for what could have been, perhaps a huge missed opportunity.

Everything looked sunny and rosy on an October day in 2019. Ganguly’s inauguration as BCCI president sparked a wave of optimism, even celebration. The first Indian captain to head the board in 65 years, the change-maker to help Indian cricket emerge from the cloud of match-fixing issue in the early 2000s. It would be someone who would call a spade a shovel, which could bring the winds of change that the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry needs. Someone who could make management a player-oriented entity, not one focused on fattening their already huge bank balance. Or maybe everyone was a bit naive.

Because this optimism, as we noted above, only lasted a few weeks. Then she slumped, and left out a handful of the positives, never really recovering.

Three years have passed without any contracts being signed.

The Indian cricketers, who represented the country at the T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, where they were runners-up, had to suffer an additional insult. They received their prize money, about $500,000, from BCCI more than 15 months after the tournament ended. The board itself had received the money from the ICC about a week after the final.

You can attribute this to bureaucratic delays; The routine that hinders all Indian sports. And it may not be the boss who is to blame for organizational inefficiency; Perhaps none of these things were really a priority for the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It is also true that, unlike Ganguly’s leadership tenure, where he had the support of the then president of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jagmohan Dalmia, he did not have much power in this position.

Yet he was chief. Responsibility for him ceases, and part of the role of the president – as that of the head of any large organization – is to be a statesman, handle the big things, and project an image of calm and control. In this, the optics were poor.

It was nothing more than a public feud with Virat Kohli last year, which effectively resulted in the BCCI chief and the national team captain calling each other in public.
Days after assuming the presidency, Ganguly pledged his support to India’s captain Kohli, who was, as Ganguly said, “the most important man in Indian cricket”. “He wants to make this team the best in the world… We have to sit down with him and see what he wants. We will support him in every way.”

Ganguly was chief. The man stopped with him. Part of the boss’s role is to handle the big things, and to project an image of calm and control. In this, the optics were poor

Before the dust settled on this improper public exchange between two of India’s leading figures in Indian cricket, Kohli went on as Test captain as well, after India lost in a series in South Africa. Ganguly stayed, and the rotation doctors worked hard to put the focus on Kohli getting things started by giving up the T20 captain ahead of the T20 World Cup in the UAE. This is not without foundation, but at the end of the day it was all about management – managing people, managing headlines, ensuring that the problem was resolved behind closed doors.

Among the more perceptive observations about Ganguly is one of my colleague Nagraj Gulabudi’s: “When it comes to Ganguly, there is never anything white or black.” This also refers to Ganguly’s ability to push the lines of right and wrong without actually breaking the laws. As with its various approvals for products that compete with official BCCI partners. There is nothing in the BCCI constitution that prevents Ganguly from endorsing a brand that competes with official board partners or with title sponsors; In fact, it would have been better if he had had personal business deals with BCCI’s official sponsors. But for people in high positions, awareness and decency matter, and Ganguly has remained delightfully conservative about gossip about how he settles into the gray areas in these matters.

In the end, though, the old guard who installed Ganguly — former BCCI chiefs N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur, along with former board secretary Niranjan Shah, and former IPL chief Rajeev Shukla — halted his tenure.

And although their influence, direct or indirect, three years later indicates that BCCI is now its old self, there has been a tangible change in the board of directors. What was once a group of people from across the political spectrum is now mostly a matter of one party. The secretary, Jay Shah, is the son of the Home Minister. The new treasurer, Ashish Shellar, is a BJP legislator from Maharashtra. The new joint secretary, Devajit Saikya, is a close aide to the Chief Minister of Assam, as well as with the BJP; The head of the IPL is the minister of BJP (and former BCCI president) brother of Anurag Thakur.

And Ganguly? He is always on his feet, smart enough to play the long political game (elections in his state, West Bengal, are four years away). He has decided to run for the upcoming elections to the Bengal Cricket Association, but his career is unlikely to end. At 50, he was young enough for another dose at an important time. He may even be expelled back into the ICC mission when the time comes.

But it will be a different Gangoli. Will he still carry the aura of the captain who boldly led Indian cricket out of the darkest abyss? Or has the head of BCCI, whose brand endorsements have drawn constant laughter, badly vilified the only brand that really matters to him – Brand Ganguly?

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