South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith yesterday heaped praise on former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly. Smith made a strong call, backing Ganguly for the post of the next chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
According to Smith, the current BCCI president Ganguly is the right person to lead world cricket at a time when the whole of humanity is battling against the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith believes that the game will need someone strong to lead after COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Hence, Ganguly, due to his leadership credentials and closeness to the modern game, will be a perfect choice for the role, he says.
“The president of the ICC now becomes a very key position in terms of how the game can progress and progress at the right level. It would be great to see a cricket man like Ganguly to get into the role of the ICC president. That will be good for the game. He understands the game, he has played at the highest level and he is respected. That is going to be an interesting time for international and it is going to be a great appointment,” Smith said on 21 May.
“He has the credibility and leadership. Someone like Ganguly is best positioned for that… He is got the credibility, leadership and can take the game forward. The elections are coming, there are, of course, few other names in the hat, but in my opinion, someone with modern (perception) for the game should be the candidate,” the former South Africa captain said.
“I have dealt with Sourav in the past and it will be good for the game,” Smith said.
Ganguly’s term as the BCCI chief could end in July if the Supreme Court doesn’t allow an extension and many in the cricketing fraternity believe that the former India captain’s credibility will play an important role for the ICC in such trying times.
As Shashank Manohar’s term as ICC chief nears an end, there are speculations on who could replace the seasoned administrator for the top role. With Cricket South Africa openly rooting for Ganguly, it needs to be seen what the all-important ICC board meeting on 28 May decides.
While no decision is expected in that meeting, there would definitely be discussions on the future of Ganguly as the ICC chief.