It is thought that Ganguly could take advantage of the golden opportunity of international cricket rule. Talks have been heated as cricket South Africa director and former South African captain Graeme Smith and CEO Jack Foley have announced that Ganguly should head the ICC. Jagmohan Dalmiya, Sharad Pawar and N. Srinivasan are the Indians who have led the ICC in the past. The BCCI hopes that if Ganguly contests, India will have the support of other than the English and Pakistani cricket boards.
Only one participant (ICC director) can compete for chairmanship at least once during the ICC Board meeting. Ganguly has once attended a video conference. Each of the 15 directors of the ICC Board can nominate a candidate for the position of Chairman. Those who get two or more votes can contest for the Chairmanship. Voting will be held at the ICC Annual Meeting.
Ganguly, who was elected BCCI president last October, will expire this July. Then there is the cooling off period of 3 years. This is because he has been president of the Bengal Cricket Association for the past five years. Under the current law, a person can hold office for six consecutive years. However, India’s control of the ICC leadership does not apply.
Former South African skipper Graeme Smith has said that Ganguly should be promoted to the helm of the ICC. “Someone who’s experienced in cricket like Ganguly can make big changes,” Smith said. Ganguly had earlier supported former England captain David Gower. Ganguly, who manages a governing body filled with political cronies like the BCCI, can easily lead the ICC; Govt said that it will bring development.
Smith dismissed South Africa
The South African Cricket Board has come to the conclusion that Graeme Smith’s statement supporting Ganguly should not be taken as his official position. No candidates have been named for the position of ICC chairman. The election is just about to come. Smith’s only personal opinion is his. “It should not be interpreted as a public comment by the South African Cricket Board,” President Chris Nenzani said in a statement.
English Summary: Ganguly to be next ICC chairman; rumors