The talk of Sourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and the current president of the BCCI, replacing Shashank Manohar, the incumbent President of cricket’s apex body, has garnered steam after Graeme Smith, the current director of Cricket South Africa, lent his weight behind the former Indian captain.
Arun Dhumal, the treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has now stated that the BCCI would certainly like an Indian to lead the International Cricket Council. Dhumal said that while Sourav Ganguly certainly has the credentials to become the President of the ICC, the board hasn’t yet discussed it.
“There has been no formal discussion in BCCI about ICC chairmanship. Graeme Smith obviously spoke in his personal capacity which is not CSA’s stand,” Arun Dhumal told PTI.
“As far as the BCCI is concerned we would certainly like an Indian to lead the global body and our president has credentials obviously. But again we haven’t yet discussed it.” Arun Dhumal added
CSA President had refused to support Sourav Ganguly outrightly after Graeme Smith’s comments
However, after Graeme Smith’s statement, CSA President Chris Nenzani, via an official press-release refused to outrightly support Ganguly.
But, a veteran BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI that India will play a three-match T20 series in South Africa in August only if Cricket South Africa supports the BCCI in matters related to the ICC.
“We will definitely play South Africa series but there should be riders. Is CSA with India on ICC policy matters? With Chris (Nenzani), you would want a full commitment on paper and then proceed,” the veteran said.
He added: “It’s CSA which is desperate for a three-match T20. So they have to decide how they want to play it at the ICC.” said BCCI official.
Recently, Cricket South Africa had claimed that both they and the BCCI have agreed on India touring South Africa for a three-match T20I series in late August. However, Arun Dhumal has refuted those claims stating that it is too early to commit to anything.