Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has backed Sourav Ganguly for getting an extended period as the BCCI president. His support came after the plea has been filed in the supreme court to allow Ganguly and Jay Shah to stay on as the president and secretary respectively instead of going on a mandatory cooling-off period.
According to BCCI’s rule book, any state board or BCCI official will have to go under three-years cooling off period if he has served in any administration position for six years.
So as stated, Sourav Ganguly had served over two tenures as the president in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) before holding the position in the BCCI. So, he might have to go under the cooling-off period if the Supreme Court rejects the plea mentioned above.
Sunil Gavaskar believes in Sourav Ganguly’s capabilities:
Sunil Gavaskar believes that Sourav Ganguly and co. should be retained in the President position till the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Giving the example of Ganguly’s captaincy, the little master said that his leadership will help the Indian cricket to survive in the prevailing testing situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Personally, I would love to see Sourav and his team carry on till the end of the 2023 World Cup in India but let’s see what the court decides. Just like Sourav lifted the Indian team after the early murky times and restored the faith of the Indian cricket lovers, so also he and his team look capable of doing that with the BCCI administration,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his fortnightly column in Sunday mid-day.
Sourav Ganguly joined the BCCI office in October last year and now it has been close to 10 months since then.
Talking about highlights of his tenure, India played their maiden pink-ball Test match against Bangladesh at home. Also, they are set to play another day-night Test match against the hosts Australia later this year.