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Sourav Ganguly formally appointed as the 39th BCCI president
Ganguly Takes Charge

Sourav Ganguly formally appointed as the 39th BCCI president

Sourav Ganguly has taken charge as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the sport's richest and most powerful body.

The former India skipper was elected unopposed and has been entrusted with the responsibility of heading the BCCI in troubling times despite the influential status of the cricket board.

Several scandals involving corruption, nepotistic practices and spot-fixing have marred the BCCI over the last few years causing the Supreme Court to step in to supervise the board's functioning.

The center of these controversies has been the glamorous Indian Premier League (IPL) – the leading T20 competition in the world.

The 47-year-old Ganguly's appointment was confirmed by a tweet from the board's official social media account.

Ganguly's elevation to the office of BCCI president ends the 33-month tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Ex-BCCI chief Anurag Thakur was forced to vacate his position two years ago for failing to implement a series of recommendations put forward by a panel fronted by former Chief Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha.

Ganguly, the incumbent president of Cricket Association of Bengal, was the only candidate for the post after filing his nomination papers on the eleventh hour.

The southpaw will be joined by Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay Shah as the new BCCI secretary while the younger brother of Thakur, Arun Singh Dhumal will serve as the board's treasurer.

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Vinod Rai, who was named interim BCCI president by the top court in 2017, was satisfied with the smooth transition.

"BCCI administration could never have been better than this," he told reporters.

"Because you have a president who is one of our most successful captains. Our job was to implement the constitution. We got the election done as per the constitution."

Ganguly promised sweeping reforms last week to cleanse the current myriad of problems plaguing the board.

One of the most successful India captains in the sport, Ganguly reiterated his firm stance of a zero-tolerance approach to corruption – an issue that once threatened the future of IPL.

Although his term is expected to last 10 months, he laid out ambitious plans to work in tandem with skipper Virat Kohli and further improve the team's performance.