New Delhi - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is poised to take over as the
president of the country's cricket board as nominations closed on Monday
for elections to the sport's wealthiest and most powerful body.
47, was the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post
after being unanimously chosen as the presidential candidate at a
meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members in
Mumbai on Sunday.
One of the most successful national captains in
the sport, Ganguly is set to be elected unopposed when BCCI elections
are held on October 23. Monday was the last day for filing nominations.
The left-handed opener retired from Test cricket in 2008 having accumulated 7 212 runs.
Last month, he was re-elected president of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Patel, a former India batsman and experienced administrator, is set to
become chairman of the Indian Premier League, the board's lucrative
Jay Shah, son of India's home minister Amit Shah, is tipped for the secretary's post.
massive popularity in India has helped the BCCI become the wealthiest
of all of the sport's national boards, raking in large sums of money
from sponsorship and TV deals.
But it has also been embroiled in
legal battles and a series of scandals, including accusations of
corruption and match-fixing in the IPL.
Ganguly said his priority as president would be to polish BCCI's image.
happy... as it's a very important time in Indian cricket administration
because of what has happened in the last three years," Ganguly told
reporters after filing his nomination.
"To be in a position where I
can make a difference is extremely satisfying... We have a lot of
things to do, hope we can put the house in order."
India, the world's top-ranked Test team, is currently playing a home Test series against South Africa.