Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has issued a clarification on his meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah before becoming the unanimous candidate for the BCCI President’s post. There were reports that Shah had asked the former India skipper to campaign for the BJP in the 2021 West Bengal assembly polls in exchange for his smooth election to the top post in the Indian cricket board.
“I met Amit Shah for the first time ever, neither did I ask a question on BCCI, whether I was going to get a post or not, nor any discussion of “you will only get this, if you agree to that” happened, there is no political development,” news agency ANI quoted Ganguly as saying.
Meanwhile, Ganguly also sought support from former teammate Harbhajan Singh, who wished him on being unanimously elected as the new BCCI president. While congratulating Ganguly, the former India off-spinner had written on Twitter, “You are a leader who empower others to be a leader congratulations @SGanguly99 for becoming @BCCI president..I wish you all the best going forward.”
Ganguly replied, “Thank u bhajju …need your support in the same manner as u bowled from one end for india to win matches.”
Thank u bhajju …need your support in the same manner as u bowled from one end for india to win matches ..
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 16, 2019
Harbhajan played under Ganguly’s captaincy in innumerable Test and ODI matches. The most memorable Test match performance by Harbhajan under Ganguly’s captaincy in Kolkata in 2001 against Steve Waugh-led Australia. Despite being forced to follow on, India had bounced back to pull off a spectacular win, thanks to a remarkable Test hat-trick by Harbhajan and a double century by VVS Laxman.
Thank u Vvs ..your contributions will be very important
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 15, 2019
Responding to the congratulatory note from Laxman, Ganguly said that his contribution to the game of cricket under his rein as BCCI President will be ‘very important.’
Meanwhile, Ganguly tweeted the photo of his team that included Jay Shah, son of Amit Shah, as secretary and Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of Union Minister Anurag Thakur, as new treasurer. He also thanked BJP MP Anurag Thakur for ‘for seeing this through.’