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Sourav Ganguly eligible to become BCCI president: Lodha Panel sources

India Today logo India Today 04-01-2017
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India Today had first reported that former captain Sourav Ganguly was the frontrunner to become BCCI president after Anurag Thakur was removed by the Supreme Court.

Thakur, who had taken over as president last year and secretary Ajay Shirke, were asked to demit their offices by the apex court after the duo were seen as obstructing the Lodha reforms.

Meanwhile, India Today learnt Ganguly was the popular choice to be elected BCCI president after the poll. However, a report in the Times of India pointed out some technical glitches that could have prevented the former India captain from taking the top office.

Contrary to such reports, Ganguly does qualify. He has served 27 months in his capacity as president and secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal. He still has nine months to go for the cooling-off period.

Any administrator who has served in state association for less than 36 months qualifies for the BCCI president's post.

If elections to BCCI are held before the nine months are out, which is what will be the case, Ganguly very much qualifies.

And if the cooling-off has not kicked in when he takes office, Ganguly can take office for three years, Lodha committee sources to India today.

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