The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly detailed the financial sacrifices that his former India teammate VVS Laxman is making in order to take up the National Cricket Academy (NCA) job in Bengaluru.
Laxman will be succeeding Rahul Dravid, another of his illustrious India teammate, as the NCA head in Bengaluru and Ganguly also revealed that the Hyderabadi cricket legend will shift base with his family to Karnataka state capital for the next three years.
Rahul Dravid has taken over as the new Indian team head coach job from Ravi Shastri whose tenure came to an end after the T20 World Cup 2021 tournament, where India failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
His Stature In Indian Cricket Is Beyond Everything: Sourav Ganguly On VVS Laxman Becoming The NCA Chief
“Indian cricket is in safe hands,” gushed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly as his former illustrious teammates, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are now set to “give their all” in two influential positions.
Ganguly had signed Laxman as the head of state unit’s pilot project ‘Vision 2020’ during his tenure as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and knows his ability to work with junior and hence managed to convince him to become the NCA chief.
“You tell them that it’s important and they agreed. We are extremely happy to have both of them and Indian cricket is in safe hands. More than emotional, I am happy that they have both agreed and they want to do it for Indian cricket,” the former India captain said on being asked how he convinced Dravid and Laxman.
“Laxman’s ability to be committed made us select him. He has always been a fantastic person to work with. From that point of view, his stature in Indian cricket is beyond everything. Rahul has put a system in place in NCA and obviously that will help Laxman to carry forward the good work” Ganguly added.
His Children Will Now Study In A School In Bangalore And There Will Be A Massive Change As A Family: Sourav Ganguly Lauds VVS Laxman
Sourav Ganguly also highlighted the financial sacrifices Laxman is making to take the NCA head job. This will mean, Laxman having to give his lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) job as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mentor.
Not only this, but the whole family will be moving from Hyderabad to Bengaluru for the next three years, making it a huge change for the Laxman household.
“He is shifting to Bangalore for next three years from Hyderabad just to serve Indian cricket. It’s remarkable. Of course, his earnings will drop but yeah, he has agreed. His wife and kids will also shift. His children will now study in a school in Bangalore and there will be a massive change as a family to shift base. It’s not easy unless you are so devoted to Indian cricket,” Ganguly added.