Five reasons why Sourav Ganguly would be the successful cricket administrator
A massive void left by Jagmohan Dalmiya is filled by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as she unanimously declared Sourav Ganguly’s name for the CAB hot seat. Ganguly, being the most influential and inspirational cricketer never shied away from a fight and by virtue he likes confronting challenges.
State chief minister probably endorsed what the entire Bengal was expecting vis-a-vis their sporting icon – Sourav Ganguly. Sourav Ganguly, even after his retirement has never faded away from his fans’ heart. And, now his election as president made his fan go gung-ho as their expectation is that their Dada, the captain Ganguly, will rule Indian cricket, if not the world cricket, being the supreme administrator of the game.
Now, the question is what would make Sourav Ganguly the successful cricket administrator?
1. Knowledge and skill
As Sourav Ganguly is himself a cricketer, so his expertise will help Bengal cricket in many ways. When Sourav Ganguly was the joint secretary of CAB he laid out a plan – vision 2020 – to develop Bengal age group teams for the future Ranji team. Sourav, being the international cricketer, he knows how to get better of his teammates and opponents and has built a rapport with them. So, he first called one of the warriors of his captaincy tenure VVS Laxman to nurture the Bengal junior team batsman while brought Muttiah Muralitharan for the development of spin bowling talent. Recently, joint secretary Sourav Ganguly played his administrative role by announcing Sairaj Bahutule’s name as the Bengal Ranji team coach in New Delhi, that made some of the board members angry as well. But, Sourav Ganguly said Bahutule’s name discussed in the meeting earlier, so there is no reason to raise eyebrows. So, he indicated that what he thinks right, he will do that at any cost.
2. Man management
When Sourav Ganguly was the captain of the Indian team, he used to bring the best from every player and utilized their skill in optimum ways. So, it is expected that Ganguly, being the board president, will do the same with his board members. He already knew each of the board members well and got the blessing from state chief minister Mamata Banerjee, so he will have little problem handling any hindrance while running the daily work.
3. Leadership quality:
Sourav will have to sort out the problem in CAB’s Kalyani Academy and also have to put a mechanism in place to scout talent from the districts. Usually, Bengal Ranji cricketers come from only Kolkata and from suburban areas. But, many talents in district die down in villages. So, Sourav himself has to herald this job to increase the talent pool for Ranji team back up. Sourav Ganguly, during his captaincy tenure, scouted many players from Ranji matches for his team. So, in a similar fashion, he has to do it for Bengal being the president of the board. Dalmiya never focused on this issue and none of the board members bothers about it. In order to change the shabby scenario of Bengal Ranji team, Sourav must build scout teams.
4. Vision 2020:
It is a pet project of Sourav Ganguly. Since he entered in the CAB administrative matter and elected as CAB joint secretary laid out the plan for the vision 2020 a project to develop Bengal cricket. But, this project some time back lost the momentum due to CAB’s slack attitude. At a board meeting, all the decisions take in consensus, but there are people who stuck to their vested interest, so the thing did not materialize. Once VVS Laxman, who is currently nurturing CAB junior team, in Eden Gardens, was not issued a complete paper for his job. So, on many occasions bemused Laxman did not come in Kolkata. Along with Laxman, Ashok Malhotra named senior team batting consultant and Muralitharan as spin bowling coach.
Now, as Sourav Ganguly, being the president of the board will do everything to make his project successful.
5. Communication skill
Sourav Ganguly is the high-profile president and he has good relation with every board member. So, each time he will call any meeting, such as Annual General Meeting, subcommittee meeting, it is expected that every board member will attend the meeting. Like his captaincy days, he will brief them early about the meeting and to make every meeting successful.
And of the important aspect about his personality is that everybody loves him for his greats deeds. They can make their face sullen, but can’t snap Sourav’s any points. Sourav Ganguly is expected that use his own persuasive skill and political acumen to make himself popular among the other East Zone board members through his communication skill. Dalmiya has ruled cricket just dialing numbers from his cabin in Eden Gardens. So, Sourav Ganguly, who is popular and influential, will use his charm for the future of his cricket administrative career.