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 back in the corridors of International Cricket Council (ICC).