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Ganguly: If the court tells me to go, I will quit

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Sports Ganguly: If the court tells me to go, I will quit

While the tenure of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah recently came to an end, the Supreme Court, which was scheduled to hear BCCI’s appeal to get rid of the cooling-off period on 17 August, has not even listed the matter. Both Ganguly and Shah are expected to continue in their roles till the apex court gives a final verdict.

The Supreme Court was to hear the matter on 22 July, but the two-member bench comprising Arvind Bobde and L Nageswara Rao decided to hear the BCCI matter on 17 August. However, the matter was not listed by the apex court.

Now, in an interaction with Outlook, Ganguly said he had neither any intention to overstay or challenge anything. Ganguly said that they have appealed and will wait for SC’s decision.

“If the court tells us to go, matter ends there for me and Jay,” the former India skipper added.

BCCI rules state that Ganguly and Shah must undertake a three-year “cooling off” from sports administration for having completed six consecutive years each in a state association, BCCI or a combination of both. While Ganguly helmed the Cricket Association of Bengal, Shah served the Gujarat Cricket Association.

Ganguly, on his part, sees nothing wrong in appealing to the apex court, stating that everybody has an opportunity to go to the court.

“We could be right, wrong, good or bad, everyone can appeal to the highest body in the country. If they (the judges) allow, you stay or if they don’t, you just go…it’s as simple as that,” said Ganguly.

Raina formed solid middle order with Dhoni and Yuvraj: Ganguly

Raina was a solid middle order batsman for the national team and played under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Following his retirement the BCCI President sent out a heartfelt message on Raina’s contribution for the side.

Ganguly said that Raina was one of the key performers for India in the limited-overs. He added that he came from lower-down the order and played some match winning innings to go on and form a crucial pair with Yuvraj and Dhoni.

“Suresh Raina has been one of the key performers in limited overs cricket for India. Coming lower down the order and playing some of the match-winning knocks requires a lot of skill and talent. He along with Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni formed a solid middle order for India in ODIs. I wish him and his family all the very best,” Ganguly said.

Raina batted at No.3 Or the fourth spot in his career which now belongs to Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer in the recent scheme of things as far as the limited-overs is concerned. Thus he had no chance for a comeback.

Raina retired with an average of 25 in Tests, 35 in ODIs and nearly 30 in the shortest format of the game.

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