Sourav Ganguly is the ‘Right Person’ to be Appointed as ICC Chief, says Graeme Smith!

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Coronavirus has locked the entire world in their homes & has brought the sports world to a standstill. In such a situation South African director of cricket Graeme Smith said that post-COVID-19, cricket will require strong leadership and Sourav Ganguly will be the right fit.

According to the South African director Graeme Smith, India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly should be the next chairman of the International Cricket Council. He believed that the current BCCI President is the right person to lead the game during these crises caused by COVID-19 Pandemic. “In such tough times it’s very important to have the right person as head of the ICC”, said Smith.

“Post-COVID, cricket will need strong leadership and it is time for someone close to the modern game with leadership credentials to get into the position.”

Shashank Manohar who is the current chairman of ICC made it clear that he would not seek re-election when his chairmanship term expires at the end of May.

In a teleconference Smith made his call for Ganguly’s election after Cricket South Africa interim chief director Jacques Faul said plans for South Africa to host a three-match Twenty20 series against India in late August remained on track, although it would require approval from both the Government in view of COVID-19.  Faul further said that the dates could change & “if necessary” the matches could be played without an audience.

Faul also supported Smith’s opinion of appointing Ganguly as the head of the ICC but auctioned that it was not yet official policy endorsed by the CSA board.

Dr. Shuaib Manjra, CSA’s chief medical officer said that a T20 series is an ideal opportunity to create a spectator free “bio bubble” in which the health of the players and officials will be important. He acknowledged that under the current situation a 14 day quarantine period both before & after the tour would be essential for the players.

Smith said that a planned South African tour of the West Indies which was scheduled to start in July was likely to be delayed, depending on the finalization of plans for the West Indies to tour England. He said, that the matches could be played at neutral venues. “Nothing is fixed at the moment”, he said.