He may be the toast of the cricketing community now following the explosive revelation that he would be vying for world cricket’s most valuable post in the years to come. But Sourav Ganguly himself knows better than anybody else that his biggest challenge will be to get past the very first hurdle in his bid for entering into active cricket politics.
To be eligible for contesting for the BCCI president’s post, Ganguly will have to fulfill a clutch of criteria, which begin with getting elected into any BCCI-affiliated state association. Following that, Ganguly will then have to ensure that he attends at least two AGMs of the BCCI, with representation from any affiliated state body. And as Ganguly warily prepares to enter the power corridors of the CAB, he knows well that at this stage, he is nowhere near the mark when it comes to the numbers game.
The complex Maidan electorate comprises 121 votes, and despite his stature in world cricket, Ganguly has absolutely no standing at all when it comes to choosing between him and current CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya.