BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been supported by several former cricketers for taking the ICC president role after Shashank Manohar stepped down from the post. However, the former Indian captain has put down all the assumptions, saying that he is no hurry to lead the ICC.
Sourav Ganguly was elected as the BCCI president last year in October. Before that, he was the head of the Cricket Association of Bengal for over two tenures. So, he has immense experience in administration. Nevertheless, his leadership skills are evident to everyone as he successfully captained the Indian team for consecutive five years.
“I don’t know. At the end of the day, it depends on your board. It’s a decision which is jointly taken by the board. And the roles in ICC have changed. If you are an ICC independent chairman, you have to give up the position in your respective board. It’s not the same as before where you could hold both the positions. And it’s not a change from BCCI, it’s a change from ICC,” Ganguly told India Today.
I am young and you don’t do this forever: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly is interested to assume responsibility for the apex cricket board but he will have to leave the BCCI office to accept the role in ICC, as per governing body rule. So, for the time being, the Prince of Kolkata doesn’t wish to hurry into a decision.
“The current BCCI constitution allows you to hold a post. You are not allowed to hold 2 posts in the BCCI but you’re allowed to hold a post in the BCCI and in whatever, whether it’s the ACC or the ICC. But the ICC does not allow,” Ganguly stated.
“I don’t know whether it is right at this stage or whether I will be allowed at this stage to leave BCCI in the middle of all this. So, don’t know. That’s where it stands. And I am in no hurry. I am young and you don’t do this forever,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan cricket board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Colin Graves are the two favourites to fill the post.