Sourav Ganguly emerges as front runner for ICC chairman post

Ross Houston
May 22, 2020

In the wake of Ganguly's tenure so far, voice is being raised that Sourav Ganguly should be appointed as the ICC President.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) and its cricket director, Graeme Smith have come on record batting for Ganguly's candidature.

Graeme Smith calls for Sourav Ganguly to be next ICC chairman

"We have also checked this with the leadership of CSA".

"Now it is even more important to have someone in a role who can provide leadership, who understands and can navigate the challenges in the game today", Smith said in a video press conference organised by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday.

As per recent reports, the former Indian captain has the backing within BCCI as well.

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were the best cricketers to grace the Indian cricket.

"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". Manohar is at the end of his second two-year term. 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.

While insiders in the Ganguly camp deny any such plans at this point, Colin Graves of England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is tipped to take over as the next chairman - being assured of the support of seven of the eight nations among board members of the ICC to succeed Manohar.

Ganguly is now serving as the head of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI), but with current ICC chairperson Shashank Manohar expected to step down in June, that role will need to be filled and Ganguly has caught Smith's eye.

While no decision is expected in that meeting, there would definitely be discussions on Ganguly's future as the ICC chief. There is also some ambiguity on whether Ganguly qualifies to contest for the post.

Director of Cricket Graeme Smith believes that "there is a very good chance" of postponing the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. How the clause will be interpreted is the key here. A scenario where Ganguly is the ICC chairman, Jay Shah the BCCI president, Arun Singh Dhumal the BCCI secretary and N Srinivasan as the Indian cricket board's representative to the ICC is always a possibility.

But for that scenario to come true, each of them, except for Dhumal, will need a go-ahead from the Supreme Court.

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