‘Virat Is Most Important Man in Indian Cricket’: BCCI Boss Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly has formally taken over as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The former Indian skipper is joined by Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay Shah as the board Secretary, Kerala's Jayesh George is the new Joint Secretary while Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand is the new Vice-President.

Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur's younger brother Arun Dhumal is the treasurer.

The appointment of the new BCCI team brings an end to the 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) who were tasked for running the administration of world's richest cricket body.

After taking over the reigns of the board, Ganguly spoke to the media in his first press conference as the board chief and promised a corruption-free tenure, saying he will run the world's richest cricket body the same way he led the Indian team.

"No compromise on credibility, corruption-free and same for all BCCI, just as I led India," Ganguly said while addressing the media after formally taking charge as the BCCI President at its General Body meeting here.

Laying down his priorities, Ganguly said he will speak to current skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday.

“Virat Kohli is the most important man in Indian cricket, we will listen to him. Mutual respect will be there, opinions will be there,” Ganguly responded when asked whether he will be speaking to Kohli.

"I will speak to Virat Kohli tomorrow, we will support him in every possible way, whatever he wants," he said.

Asked about the speculation surrounding the future of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is on a sabbatical since India's semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup earlier this year.

"Champions don't finish very quickly. Till I am around, everybody will be respected," Ganguly said.

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