Mumbai: With Sourav Ganguly set to being a new innings as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), his friend and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar believes the “Prince of Calcutta” will “serve the nation” with same passion with the way he played cricket.

Former India captain Ganguly will take charge as BCCI boss soon. He will be elected unopposed as he is the only one who has filed nomination for the top post of the Indian cricket board.

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BCCI’s Annual General Meeting and elections will take place on October 23. Ganguly is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

At the launch of a new Twenty20 tournament on Thursday (October 17), Tendulkar was asked about Ganguly’s new role.

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"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, who played under Ganguly’s captaincy, said at the launch of the Road Safety World Series, in Mumbai.

The 46-year-old Tendulkar, who will captain the Indian team in the Road Safety World Series, said "it's up to the individual..." whether to take up the role of cricket administration.

Apart from Tendulkar, several other former cricketers including Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag, Brett Lee, will be part of the Road Safety World Series which starts on February 2, 2020. The tournament will spread awareness about road safety.

"Road Safety World Series is going to start in which many legends will play but the important thing is why it is being played? It is being played to spread awareness regarding road safety. It is a good initiative. I am very excited to open again with Tendulkar and face Brett Lee," Sehwag said.