New Delhi. The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) outgoing treasurer and the next chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Arun Dhumal on Friday clarified things regarding Sourav Ganguly not being given a second term as the board president, saying that against the former India captain. ‘No one said a word’. Nominations have been filed for the official posts of BCCI for the next term and they will be elected unopposed on October 18. World Cup winner Roger Binny will replace Ganguly as the president while Jay Shah will continue as the secretary. Rajeev Shukla will get another term on the post of vice-president. Ashish Shelar will be the new treasurer and Devajit Saikia will be the new joint secretary. Speaking to PTI, Dhumal said that Ganguly was involved in all the decisions before the filing of nominations. Dhumal said, “In independent India, there has not been a president in the BCCI who has held this position for more than three years. These are all media speculations that Dada was told this or that some members were against him, it is all baseless.” He said, “No one has said a word against him. All the board members were very happy and satisfied with the whole team.
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Everyone was satisfied with the way the BCCI worked in the last three years despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19. Dhumal said, “Dada has had a wonderful career as an Indian captain, he was one of the best captains ever. As administrator, he worked with the entire team and we worked as a unit. He also said that had Ganguly accepted the IPL chairman’s post, he might not have been a part of the new team. Ganguly did not accept the position and now Dhumal will replace Brajesh Patel as the next IPL chairman. Dhumal said, “Dada was with Roger and everyone who went to file nominations. Everything was discussed and Dada was also talked to. He was offered the post of IPL chairman. Otherwise Roger doesn’t get a chance, he is 67 years old (the age limit is 70). He also said that there is no politics behind Ganguly’s exit. Dhumal said, “There is no truth in this. People can have different ideologies because we live in a democracy. When it comes to BCCI, everyone’s focus is on how to take Indian cricket forward.