Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as BCCI president has not been easy by any stretch of imagination. The former India captain took charge of the board last October and has been hyper active in taking Indian cricket in the right direction. But the legendary cricketer is probably facing the toughest challenge of his tenure so far right now due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cricket in India is at halt since March due to the pandemic. As of now, there is little clarity over when will things become normal. BCCI is undoubtedly the worst hit cricket board in the world due to the pandemic as it could not host the IPL in the scheduled period.
IPL 2020 was set to start on March 29 and end on May 17. The BCCI, however, has not given up on conducting the tournament this year and is interested in doing it in the second half of the year. However, the ICC could dampen its plan if it decides to go ahead with the T20 World Cup in October-November.
The BCCI is looking at that October-November slot for the IPL and is waiting for the ICC’s decision on the marquee event. If the IPL does not take place this year, the Indian board risks losing Rs 4000. The onus is now on Sourav Ganguly to lead the board out of trouble in these testing times. But as usual, he is ready for the challenge.
“I am fortunate to be the president of BCCI. It’s another opportunity to work with players and try and influence the game from that position,” he said in a webinar.
When Ganguly took over, he had promised heavy focus on domestic cricket and help raise the cricketer’s pay. There hasn’t been much progress in that matter so far, but Sourav Ganguly reiterated he was committed for the players.
I will always be a player’s person. I know their emotions,” he said.
Sourav Ganguly’s name has being doing the rounds of being in contention for the ICC chairman. When asked about his future, he said:
“I keep it simple. I give my best in whatever I do. Knowingly (or otherwise) I have been pushed into different roles. My method is simple. I approach things, the way I know it best,” .”