Smith wants Sourav as head of ICC

Tanya Simon
May 22, 2020

Ever since it emerged that Manohar would not stand for another term after his tenure ends with the ICC annual conference in July, the general perception was European Central Bank chairman Colin Graves was the frontrunner to take charge as the new chairman of the global cricket body.

Australia was powered to 317 for eight in the 50 overs and India began their chase in earnest with the experienced duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly determined to make a strong bid for the winning total with contrasting half-centuries.

"But to be fair, we've got look at who has been nominated and bring it back to our Board and get a mandate for it".

"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", he had said.

"Post COVID-19, to have strong leadership is going to be important. I feel that someone like Sourav Ganguly is best positioned for that at the moment". "He's got the credibility, he's got the leadership skills & he's someone who can really take the game forward", Smith said.

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Former England captain David Gower feels to be a BCCI president you need to be a very deft politician and need to have a reputation. "There is a very good chance it's going to be shifted into the beginning of next year, so we'll have to consistently assess", Graeme Smith said in a video press conference.

Smith's open endorsement of Ganguly is a brand new turning level as former England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Coleen Graves was nonetheless a robust contender. The position of chairman had come into being in 2014 when N Srinivasan, another former BCCI president, had assumed that position unelected, though.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has already had to postpone a limited overs series in Sri Lanka, but has earmarked the visit by India to raise much-needed revenue. "After the meeting, Smith was unequivocal about his support for Ganguly should the former India captain contest the ICC chairman elections". The rule is applicable both for Ganguly, who has served his state body Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) first as a joint secretary and later president for five years and Shah, who has been the secretary of Gujarat Cricket Association for five-plus years.

The next two months, hence, will be crucial for "Dada" to decide on the roadmap of his administrative career.

Shashank Manohar's time period as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman will finish this month.

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