Will DADA, the New President of the BCCI, Will Be Able To Control the DADA GIRI of the Old Guards in BCCI?

Will DADA, the New President of the BCCI, Will Be Able To Control the DADA GIRI of the Old Guards in BCCI?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body for cricket in India. It is a consortium of state cricket associations and the state associations select their representatives who in turn elect the BCCI President. Post of President is the highest post in BCCI. Though this is an honorary post but it is considered a highly prestigious post due to financial clout of the organisation and immense popularity of the game in India and as such Industrialists, Politicians and Descendants of Royal Dynasties were always lured by the top post.
From the date of formation of the board in December 1928 influential politicians, royalty and businessmen have occupied the post of President. Some of the presidents have been renowned personalities and their contribution in making cricket the most popular game in India has been praiseworthy. However, some incumbent have been highly ambitious with partisan nature and defamed the organisation.
Chronological list of BCCI presidents:
Sl. No. Name Period Background Remark
From TO
1 R E Grant Govan 1928 1933 Industrialist
2 Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan 1933 1935 Statesman, Politician
3 Nawab Hamidullah Khan 1935 1937 Last ruling Nawab of Bhopal
4 Maharaja K S Digvijaysinhji 1937 1938 Maharaja Jam sahib of Nawanagar
5 P Subbarayan 1938 1946 Indian Politician and Diplomat
6 Anthony S D’Mello 1946 1951 Founder Member of BCCI
7 J C Mukherji 1951 1954
8 Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram 1954 1956 Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagaram, Cricketer
9 Sardar Surjit Singh Majithia 1956 1958 Indian politician, MP
10 R K Patel 1958 1960
11 M A Chidambaram 1960 1963 Indian Industrialist
12 Maharaja Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad 1963 1966 Titular Maharaja of Baroda, Cricketer, Politician
13 Z R Irani 1966 1969 Cricketer, Industrialist
14 A N Ghose 1969 1972
15 P M Rungta 1972 1975 Longest-serving president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association
16 Ramprakash Mehra 1975 1977 Indian Cricketer and Administrator
17 M Chinnaswamy 1977 1980 Indian Cricket Administrator
18 S K Wankhede 1980 1082 Politician, Indian Cricket Administrator
19 NKP Salve 1982 1985 Indian Politician
20 S Sriraman 1985 1988 An Indian cricket administrator, Cricketer, umpire
21 B N Dutt 1988 1990 One of the most revered administrators of Kolkata Maidan both in football and cricket,
22 Madhavrao Scindia 1990 1993 Descendent of Scindia Dynasty, Indian politician
23 IS Bindra 1993 1996 Long-time President of Punjab Cricket Association
24 Raj Singh Dungarpur 1996 1999 Famous Cricketer and selector of National Team
25 A C Muthiah 1999 2001 Indian Industrialist
26 Jagmohan Dalmiya 2001 2004 Indian Industrialist
27 Ranbir Singh Mahendra 2004 2005 A politician in the Indian National Congress
28 Sharad Pawar 2005 2008 Holds a position of prominence in politics of India
29 Shashank Manohar 2008 2011 Prominent Indian lawyer
30 N Srinivasan 2011 2013 Indian Industrialist
31 Jagmohan Dalmiya 2013 2013 Indian Industrialist Interim
32 N Srinivasan 2013 2014 Indian Industrialist
33 Shivlal Yadav 2014 2014 Indian Cricketer Interim
34 Sunil Gavaskar 2014 2014 Indian international Cricketer Interim (IPL)
35 Jagmohan Dalmiya 2015 2015 Indian Industrialist Died in Office
36 Shashank Manohar 2015 2016 Prominent Indian Lawyer Resigned
37 Anurag Thakur 2016 2017 Politician, MP, Central minister Sacked
38 C K Khanna 2017 2019 Exposure to the world of global business and administration Interim
39 Sourav Ganguly 2019 Present Former India Cricket Captain Commentator, Administrator
The president is elected at the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting with each of the 30 affiliates of the BCCI getting a vote. The outgoing president also has a vote as chairman of the meeting. The post is rotated zone-wise across India and a person can hold the post of BCCI president for a maximum of three years.
BCCI is not any ordinary Board. It is India’s richest sporting body and the richest cricket board in the world. With the surge of cricket in India, BCCI has become rather notorious for its monopoly and has suffered from corruption and nepotism allegations. Today, the BCCI is worth over Rs 3,000 crore and its arrangement with the ICC, the world’s cricket body, only makes it richer.
A corruption and match-fixing scandal in the sixth edition of the IPL in 2013 rocked the nation and caused the downfall of the board’s then-president Narayan swami Srinivasan after his son-in-law was accused of betting on matches.
With so much of money flowing in, the risk for scams will always be high so the Supreme Court has to step in to ensure that BCCI stays in right hands in order to develop a healthy cricketing environment in India.
The Lodha Panel was set up by the Indian Supreme Court in January 2015, following allegations of corruption, match fixing and betting scandals in Indian cricket. The committee was set up in an attempt to bring back law and order into the BCCI and the game of cricket. The committee comprised of three members, namely: RM Lodha (Retd. Chief Justice of India), Ashok Bhan and R. Raveendran (both retired Supreme Court judges).
The Lodha Committee formulated certain recommendations for flawless and transparent functioning of BCCI. Initially BCCI not agreed with all the recommendations but after a long fought legal battle the Supreme Court has compelled BCCI to comply or else it will lead to exit of some officials. BCCI was forced to separate its governance and management duties, with the CEO taking charge of the management side and also made recommendations for a clear segregation of operational duties from the governance and policy-makers in the board.
In a dramatic turn of events former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has been formally elected as the 39th President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, after a general body meeting on Wednesday, 23 October, ending a tumultuous 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). Gangly became the first cricketer in 65 years after Maharaja of Vizianagaram in 1954 to take charge as the full time BCCI president. However, Ganguly will have to demit office by the end of July next year as per the provisions of new constitution, which makes ‘Cooling Off’ period mandatory after six years in office.
During his tenure, Ganguly will have to coordinate with old guards such as former President N Srinivasan and ex-Secretary Niranjan Shah, whose children are now part of the BCCI. His new team includes nears and dears of central Home minister Amit Shah and previously sacked BCCI president and present central minister Anurag Thakur as well. Certainly it is not easy going for Ganguly and to face the eventualities he has set a few goals and the primary ones should be restructuring of first-class cricket as well as getting the administration back in shape along with getting India’s position of reverence bac