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Graeme Smith wants Ganguly as ICC Chairman; says his understanding of cricket will be the key

Cricket South Africa Chief, Graeme Smith, is all in favour of having Sourav Ganguly, the current BCCI president, as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The world of cricket has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with a number of events and games either getting canceled or postponed. Currently the ICC is headed by former BCCI president Shashank Manohar, whose tenure is set to end after this month.

Smith backed Ganguly to help the cricketing world tide through this unprecedented times, with Cricket South Africa CEO Jacques Faul, agreeing with Smith’s views.

“From our perspective, it would be great to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly maybe getting into the President’s role of the ICC,” Smith told reporters on Thursday.

“I think that will be good for the game; I think it will be good for the modern game as well. He understands it; he has played it at the highest level; he is respected; and his leadership will be key to us going forward,” Smith, the former Proteas skipper said.

“I think leadership in our sport going forward is going to be key and I think having someone at a level that understands the modern game and the challenges we are going to face going forward emphasises more the people that get put into key positions,” Smith said.

“Having dealt with Sourav for a long time, I think that the President of the ICC now becomes a very key position going forward in terms of how the game can progress at the right level.”

Manohar could be given a two-month extension due to the current situation, however. England and Wales Cricket Board’s former chairman Colin Graves is expected to succeed Manohar, but with the cricketing boards relying on the BCCI to help them through the financial crisis caused due to the pandemic, Ganguly might just be the dark-horse.

 

 

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