The former Indian captain, the Kolkata-born Sourav Ganguly, is all set to take over the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the new president. In the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BCCI on October 23, he will be handed over the role officially. The chairman of the Media and Communication Committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Jalal Younus, believes the relationship between BCB and BCCI will take one step forward with Sourav taking over the highest role of Indian cricket.
"We have a very good relationship with BCCI, and it will take one big step forward with Sourav taking over the highest role in Indian cricket. I hope we will get an extra advantage as he is very close to us," Jalal told the media on Monday.
After taking over the reigns, Sourav will be the only second man in India to repeat a unique double as the former Indian captain Maharajkumar of Vizianagram aka Vizzy also took this full-time administrator role as the former Indian captain.
"Since he is a Bengali and a former cricketer, we will be comfortable to talk to him about any issue. Sourav came to Bangladesh to represent his country several times," Jalal further added.
After being inducted as a Test-playing nation, Bangladesh played only a single Test India. The Bangladesh cricket arena believes, Sourav might take the steps to increase the bilateral series between two neighbouring countries.
An administrative role is not new for Sourav as he has been serving the role of the Presidents of the Cricket Association of Bengal since 2015. The Indian cricket fraternity believes, with the appointment of Sourav as BCCI president, the Indian cricket well gets the positive image back.
After being to be confirmed to be the only presidential nominee, Sourav told the local media that he is eager to take over the role and his initial focus will be on doing something good for the First-class cricketer.
"I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position for the last three years. Its image has got hampered quite a lot. It's a great opportunity for me to do something good. My priority in the short tenure would be to look after the First-class cricketers," Sourav told the local media.
During his playing days, Sourav was one of the best batsmen of this age. He scored more than 18,000 runs in international cricket. At the same time, he was an aggressive captain who started a new era in Indian cricket.