The next batch of BCCI office holders have submitted their nominations and will be unanimously elected on October 18.
World Cup winner Roger Binny will replace Ganguly as president, Jay Shah will remain the secretary, Rajeev Shukla will be given another term as vice president, Ashish Shelar will become the new treasurer and Devaijit Saikia the new joint secretary.
Speaking to PTI, Dhumal said Ganguly was a party to all decisions made before the nominations were submitted.
“There is no” BCCI President who served in independent India for over three years. All this media speculation about Dada being told or some members being against him, they are all baseless,” Dhumal said.
“No one spoke a word to him. All board members were extremely happy and satisfied with the whole team and how BCCI has been led over the past three years, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
“Dada has had a very impressive career as the captain of India, one of the best leaders ever. As an administrator, he took the whole team and we worked as one team,” he added.
Dhumal also said he would not have been part of the new team had Ganguly accepted the IPL presidency. Ganguly did not take up the offer and now Dhumal will replace Brijesh Patel as the next IPL chairman.
“Dada was there along with Roger and the new group of people who were going to submit the nomination. Everything was discussed and Dada was also talked to. He was offered the IPL presidency, otherwise Roger would never have had a chance, he is 67 (age limit is 70).
“He has been a World Cup winner for us, that was the view from the house. If Dada had accepted the IPL presidency I would have been out. And I would have been fine with that. Roger is a great addition, taking into account with the ODI World Cup at home next year,” said Dhumal.
Dhumal said the highlight of his tenure was when two new IPL teams raised more than Rs 12,000 crore and the IPL media rights a staggering Rs 48390 crore for the next five years.
“We followed the most transparent bidding process. Even those who couldn’t buy teams appreciated it,” he said.
Speaking of the new dispensation, he added: “Of the five officers, three are new, including the President, the Joint Secretary and the Treasurer. This was after consultation with all members.
“It’s also about keeping the balance and preparing new people for the future so that the board can run efficiently in the future. If the whole line of office holders went on, no one could be trained. It’s a much smaller body now (after change of constitution).
Dhumal also insisted that there was no politics behind Ganguly’s departure.
“That’s not true. People can have different ideologies because we live in a democracy. When it comes to BCCI, everyone’s focus is on how Indian cricket can move forward.”