Sourav Ganguly, the former head of the BCCI, had previously declared his intention to run for president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), but he has since changed his mind.
Snehasish, Ganguly’s older brother, will take over as CAB president. This change of event took place when he realised that there will be no elections taking place. Jagran reports that Ganguly could have become the President of CAB unopposed. But he chose not to.
Ganguly’s term as BCCI president just came to a conclusion. Prior to joining the top body, he served as the CAB president for four years from 2015 to 2019. And had made it clear that he would like to return to that position.
But the unopposed ascendance for Ganguly was not meant to be.
Ganguly on backing out of CAB elections
“I had said that I would contest only if there’s election. There’s not going to be any election, so it will be uncontested,” Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens after he chose not to file his papers for the president’s post on the last date of nomination.
“Had I been there, it would have meant two or more people would not get any posts. So, I’ve moved aside. I would have been elected uncontested, but I don’t think it’s right. Others would not have got the opportunity to work for this association. They will be working for these three years now and we will see after that.”
He further added, “Let’s see. I’m free of responsibilities for some time now and I’m happy about it. I’ve no rival in CAB, everyone is my friend here. There are new and experienced people here to run the show. I’ll also be around and they will get me at times,” he added before leaving the Eden.
Although Ganguly had been scheduled to submit his nomination on Saturday, he told reporters that everything will be clear by Sunday.
Let’s wait until tomorrow, everything will be apparent, he remarked in response to a question about when he will submit his nomination.
It became evident that he would not run when the nomination deadline for today passed.