Former India cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has applauded Sourav Ganguly’s managerial skills and expressed his longing to see the former Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) head proceed as the BCCI president till 2023 Men’s cricket World Cup that India will have.
With former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president set to an end on 27 July, the BCCI had recorded a request in the Supreme Court of India looking for different changes to the patched up board’s constitution including asking the apex body to broaden Ganguly and Jay Shah’s tenure till 2025.
While the issue is scheduled to get a decision on 17 August, Gavaskar feels Ganguly will have the option to lead the cricket board with as much fitness as he appeared while driving the cricket crew.
Writing in a regular column for Mid-day, Gavaskar said, “Personally, I would love to see Sourav and his team carry on till the end of the 2023 World Cup in India but let’s see what the court decides. Just like Sourav lifted the Indian team after the early murky times and restored the faith of the Indian cricket lovers, so also he and his team look capable of doing that with the BCCI administration.”
He also was of the opinion that a delay in the verdict was putting “Indian cricket in limbo”. He wrote that while there are a lot more important cases than cricket before the apex judicial body, Indian cricket lovers are awaiting the decision anxiously.
According to the rules set by the board’s constitution, a person has to serve a cooling-off period of three years if he or she has served “two successive terms or six years as an office-bearer in the BCCI or any state association”.