Mumbai: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was on Wednesday (October 23) elected unopposed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai.

At the Indian cricket board’s General Body Meeting, Ganguly was elected. The BCCI made it official with a tweet.

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“It's official - @SGanguly99 formally elected as the President of BCCI,” the official Twitter handle of BCCI wrote with pictures of Ganguly.

“Obviously, it's a great feeling as I have played for the country and captained the country. And 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,” Ganguly had said last week.

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"We will speak to everyone first as we take a decision but my biggest priority will be to look after first-class cricketers. I had requested that to the CoA for three years and they didn't listen. That's the first thing I will do, look after the financial health of our first-class cricketers,” the 47-year-old added.

On Ganguly’s new innings, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had said the “Prince of Calcutta” will “serve the nation”.

“The way he played his cricket, the way he has gone out and served the nation, I have no doubt that he will continue to serve the nation in the same capacity and same manner with the same passion,” Tendulkar said recently.