Cricket South Africa (CSA) and its cricket director, Graeme Smith said, "The president of the ICC now becomes a very key position in terms of how the game can progress and progress at the right level". On Thursday, the former Indian captain got a firm thumbs-up from Cricket South Africa which said "strong leadership" was necessary at ICC and Ganguly was "best positioned" to be at helm.
"I think the key at the moment, across the board from players to coaches and operational staff, is to try and make sure that we're ready for when the opportunity arises to play cricket again and then we'll have to assess players quickly". The BCCI's appeal before the Supreme Court of India to relax the "cooling-off" periods of Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah is yet to be heard and if there is no favourable judgement over the next two months, then Ganguly's tenure as the Indian board chief will have to end on July 31. "It would be great to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly get into the chairman role of the ICC".
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This time, Graeme Smith, one of the most successful former captains of South Africa, is looking for Sourav as the next chairman of the ICC.
Smith's endorsement of Ganguly comes days after another former global captain, David Gower, had said that he saw an ICC leader in Ganguly.
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Even acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Jacques Faul echoed similar sentiments.
"We've always worked closely with India and I think India must play a leadership role when it comes to the FTP (Future Tours Programme) and a responsible one", said Faul. "Our engagement with Saurav has been very positive in his willingness to help us". He played cricket at the highest level. "We need to get together and work out how to get cricket up and running", he said.
"I don't think there are any nominations out there at this stage and they are still in a process, so from a CSA point of view we don't see any problems supporting an Indian candidate".More news: Study suggests 17% of Londoners had virus
"We have also checked this with the leadership of CSA". "There have been no candidates nominated as yet and once such nominations have been made the Board of CSA will take its decision in terms of its own protocol and give the chairman the mandate to exercise his vote as an ICC Board Director accordingly".