CSA distances itself from Smith's Ganguly backing

Mamata Banerjee Sourav Ganguly

Mamata Banerjee Sourav Ganguly

Ganguly of late has been keeping a low profile and is not ready to share his future plans although technically his term as BCCI president ends in June as per new constitution where he would completed consecutive six years as an office-bearer in state and national body. "Post-COVID, cricket will need strong leadership and it is time for someone close to the modern game with leadership credentials to get into the position." - said Graeme Smith. Manohar replaced N Srinivasan as the ICC chairman in October 2015.

Shashank Manohar became ICC's first independent chairman in 2016, before getting re-elected unanimously in 2018. However, it appears as if he has made a decision to not take it up. However, due to the coronavirus, his term is likely to be extended for another two months. It is understood that the ICC Board is yet to finalise the nomination process after which eligible candidates can pitch their hat in the ring.

Smith's comments were backed up by his CEO Jacques Faul, who said that they won't mind an Indian as head of the ICC, although they need to get a mandate from their top bosses.

Smith, himself new to cricket administration, believes that the benefit of having a former player in an influential ICC position makes Ganguly a prime candidate. On May 28, he is once again scheduled to attend the next Board meeting where members would discuss the next step in contingency planning on resumption of cricket.

Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has endorsed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly's identify for the post of ICC Chairman.

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"I know him well, I played against him a number of times and worked with him as an administrator and in television. 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", Sport24 quoted Smith.

Apart from backing Ganguly, Smith also spilt the beans on the series between South Africa and West Indies, which was slated to start in July. India have shown "willingness" to tour subject to relaxation of travel restrictions.

The Supreme Court is yet to consider the BCCI pleas for relaxing the cooling-off period of Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah. There is also some ambiguity on whether Ganguly qualifies to contest for the post.

Ganguly was elected as BCCI president past year, while his tenure is about to end in July. However, the BCCI has been desperate to retain its powerful position at the ICC Board, something it feels has been lost since Manohar became ICC chairman.

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