Mumbai: South African cricket director Graeme Smith on Thursday endorsed former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly as the next chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
However, current ICC chairperson Shashank Manohar is expected to step down in June, and Smith has been behind Ganguly since he vacated the post.
“It is even more important now to have someone in a role who can provide leadership, who can understand and navigate the challenges in sports today. I think Kovid should be strengthened, with the things that lead us, Important for leadership. I think someone like Sourav Ganguly has been ranked the best this time, ”sport24.co.za quoted Smith as saying.
“I know him well, I’ve played against him many times and worked with him as an administrator and on television. I think he’s got credibility, leadership skills, and someone who can really take the game forward. And I think so. ” “Anything is needed at the ICC level right now,” he said.
The ICC elections are scheduled to be held in July this year and Smith said that the ICC President, as a former cricketer, will help in involving everyone.
“We know that elections are coming and there are some names in the hat, but my own opinion is that this is a time when individuals with leadership ability are close to modern sports,” Smith said.
Ganguly became the President of the BCCI in October last year and was exceptional in playing his first day-night Test for India.
India played its first day-night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens last year.