Smith wants Sourav as head of ICC
Sourav Ganguly’s skills as an organizer have been proven long ago. It is no small feat to be the president of an organization like the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at such a young age.
Some days ago, former England captain David Gower said that Sourav’s political prowess makes him fit to serve as the head of the International Cricket Council (ICC). This time, Graeme Smith, one of the most successful former captains of South Africa, is looking for Sourav as the next chairman of the ICC.
Smith is now the Director of Cricket of the South African Cricket Board. He think not in the near future, but as soon as the current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar’s term expires, Sourav Ganguly will take over the governing body of world cricket.
Cricket South Africa chief executive Jack Faul also echoed Graeme Smith’s claim. He also said that if a mandate is needed to elect Sourav Ganguly, they can get it from their board chief.
Shashank Manohar’s term as ICC chairman is set to expire this May. However, due to the coronavirus, his term is likely to be extended for another two months. The decision will be taken at the ICC executive meeting on May 28.
In the meantime, speculation has started about who will be the next chairman of the ICC. Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket, Graeme Smith, suggeste Sourav for the post. Not only that, the board of England, one of the most powerful cricketing nations in the world, Colin Graves, the former chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has also expressed his opinion in favor of Sourav as the chairman of the ICC.
“From our point of view, if a cricketing figure like Sourav Ganguly serves as the head of the ICC, that would be the best,” Smith told reporters in South Africa today (Thursday).
The former South African captain added: “I think it would be great for Sourav to take over as ICC chief. It is very necessary for modern cricket. Because he understands cricket better than anyone else. He played cricket at the highest level. He is also an acceptable personality. Above all, I believe his leadership will take us forward.”