Will Sourav Ganguly Throw His Hat In The Race For ICC Chairmanship?

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly© AFP

Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah have BCCI term two after the Supreme Court accepted the board’s plea for a change to the cooling-off clause on Wednesday. But Ganguly may be lining up for a bigger role. Sources in the BCCI have indicated to NDTV that the former Indian captain could take on the role of ICC chairman in November. The election is due to the world’s highest cricket body with the incumbent, Greg Barkley’s term coming to an end soon. At the annual conference in Birmingham, Barkley had expressed his interest in continuing for another two years.

The procedure to select the new chief was decided at the conference in Birmingham. A two-thirds majority is no longer required for the election of the chairman. The recent proposal states that the winner is the contestant who gets 51% of the vote. In a 16-member board, the candidate needs only nine votes from the directors to be elected.

Sources have told NDTV that BCCI is now backing Ganguly for the top post.

If Ganguly manages to collect the votes, he will clear the BCCI seat. That will likely be filled by Jay Shah, the incumbent BCCI secretary, and Arun Dhumal will be the secretary.

NDTV learns that a large number of associations are in favor of Shah taking the top position of BCCI.


If Ganguly becomes the chairman of the ICC, he will become the fifth Indian to hold the highest position in the organization. Before him, N Srinivasan and Shashank Manohar had served as ICC chairman.

Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sharad Pawar previously served as ICC presidents when that position was the supreme president of the ICC.

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