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Graeme Smith wants Sourav Ganguly as ICC chairman


Team Udayavani, May 21, 2020, 8:22 PM IST

Johannesburg: In a major development, Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket Graeme Smith on Thursday expressed his support for BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to take over the ICC chairmanship after Shashank Manohar’s term ends this month.

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.

Due to the current situation, there may be a case of Manohar’s extension for two months, but Smith’s open backing of Ganguly comes as a new twist in the story with England and Wales Cricket Board’s former chairman Colin Graves being favourite till now.

“From our perspective, it would be great to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly may be 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.

CSA’s backing of Ganguly comes right after former England captain David Gower’s comments that former India captain has right political acumen to become ICC president.

Smith on his part said that Ganguly’s knowledge of the game would help in being the boss of the global body.

 

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