Graeme Smith needs Sourav Ganguly as subsequent ICC chairman

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South African director of cricket Graeme Smith on Thursday made a robust name for India’s Sourav Ganguly to be the subsequent chairman of the International Cricket Council.

Smith mentioned he believed Ganguly, a fellow former Test captain and present Indian board president, was the appropriate particular person to guide the sport at a time of disaster brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is very important to have the right person as head of the ICC,” mentioned Smith.

“Post-COVID, cricket will need strong leadership and it is time for someone close to the modern game with leadership credentials to get into the position.”

Shashank Manohar, the present chairman of ICC, additionally from India, mentioned final December that he wouldn’t search re-election when his time period expires on the finish of May.

Speaking in a tele-conference, Smith made his name for Ganguly’s election after Cricket South Africa interim chief director Jacques Faul mentioned plans for South Africa to host a three-match Twenty20 sequence towards India in late August remained on monitor, though it could require approval from each governments in view of COVID-19.

Faul mentioned that the dates might change and that “if necessary” the matches could be performed with out spectators.

Faul mentioned that he welcomed Smith’s name for Ganguly to go the ICC, however cautioned that it was not but official coverage endorsed by the CSA board.

Dr Shuaib Manjra, CSA’s chief medical officer, mentioned a T20 sequence could be a super alternative to create what he described as a spectator-free “bio bubble” during which the well being of gamers and officers was paramount.

He acknowledged that underneath present circumstances, a 14-day quarantine interval, each earlier than and after a tour, could be mandatory for gamers.

Smith mentioned a deliberate South African tour of the West Indies, scheduled to start out in July, was prone to be delayed, relying on the finalisation of plans for the West Indies to tour England. He mentioned it was potential that matches might be performed at impartial venues. “Nothing is cast in stone at the moment,” he mentioned.