Has the turbulence in world cricket brought on by Covid-19 handed the Indian board an opportunity to push for Sourav Ganguly as the subsequent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC)?
The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has a tenure drawback on his palms—his brief, 9-month time period will come to an finish in July underneath the present structure, after which he must undergo a compulsory “cooling off” interval of three years the place he can not maintain an workplace bearer’s submit in Indian cricket.
In November final 12 months, a month after Ganguly took cost, BCCI filed a petition with the Supreme Court to chill out the tenure norms to permit Ganguly to serve a full three-12 months time period. The courtroom is but to listen to the matter, and if that doesn’t work out, mentioned a BCCI official who didn’t need to be named, the former India captain can be free to make a bid for the highest submit in world cricket. The tenure of present ICC chief, Shashank Manohar, additionally ends in July. Though he’s eligible to run for one more time period, he has mentioned he’s not .
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, now Cricket South Africa (CSA)’s director of cricket, has already made a public pitch for Ganguly to be ICC chairman. “Post Covid-19 and with the things that are going to come our way, we need to have strong leadership and I feel Sourav Ganguly is best positioned for that at the moment. I know him well. I feel that he has got the credibility and the leadership skills and is someone who can really take the game forward,” Smith mentioned at a media teleconference on Thursday.
When Ganguly took over as BCCI president in October, certainly one of the most pressing points on his wishlist was to get an Indian consultant again on ICC’s essential Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee. This would open up a risk for BCCI to discount for increased income share from the world physique.
The Indian board, which was being represented by Supreme Court-appointed directors for the 33 months until October 2019, has an ongoing feud with the Manohar-led ICC. In that point, ICC rolled again an earlier income mannequin which gave the “big three” of cricket—England, Australia and India—a bigger share of ICC’s earnings. Since Ganguly grew to become president, BCCI has began preventing again and opposed ICC’s proposed Future Tours Programme (FTP).
Colin Graves is the outgoing Chairman at English cricket board (ECB), and has lengthy been tipped as the entrance runner to exchange Manohar, primarily as a result of it was believed that he has the backing of BCCI. ICC board constitutes 17 members—representatives of the 12 Test-playing nations, three associates, an unbiased feminine director and the outgoing chairman—all of whom can vote to elect the new chief. It won’t be troublesome for BCCI to get the votes it wants.
To assist different cricketing nations come out of the disaster brought on by the pandemic, BCCI, the richest physique in world cricket, is already working on a plan to schedule bilateral excursions. Cricketing nations make the most cash from broadcast rights when India visits. The Indian cricket crew is scheduled to tour 4 nations over the subsequent 12 months. It will play six restricted-over matches in Sri Lanka, 4 Tests in Australia, three restricted-over matches in Zimbabwe and three T20Is in South Africa.
“While we know that India can’t possibly tour every country in a short span of time, it is possible to add matches to the existing home calendar and help other boards out by covering current losses,” a BCCI official mentioned.
Smith’s endorsement of Ganguly got here a day after a telephonic assembly between CSA and BCCI, the place each boards confirmed their dedication to attempt to make India’s tour of South Africa occur in August. Sri Lanka is equally dependent on an India collection, scheduled in July, to draw sponsors and broadcasters. Cricket Australia (CA) has publicly spoken about the significance of India’s tour of Australia in December to their funds.
“Now with no board apart from CA and ECB having long term broadcast partners, and pandemic disrupting schedules, the dependence is greater,” a former administrator mentioned.
After Smith’s feedback, CSA Chairman Chris Nenzani clarified that Smith was talking in a private capability. “At the moment we don’t want to anticipate any candidates,” Nenzani, who is understood to be near Manohar, mentioned in a press release.
For the document, BCCI neither denied nor confirmed its curiosity in pitching Ganguly for ICC chairman’s submit. “A lot of people are coming up with names which they feel will be the most appropriate to lead ICC,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal mentioned. “As of now, BCCI has not decided, if it will be our representative or who we will support.”
At the May 28 ICC board assembly, timelines for submitting nominations for ICC elections will likely be introduced.
As per eligibility standards, a candidate must have attended an ICC board assembly. Ganguly attended his first as BCCI president in March on a videoconference. A BCCI official mentioned the board’s secretary Jay Shah might additionally develop into eligible earlier than the deadline for submitting nominations. “All you need is to attend an ICC meet. That opportunity can still come,” he mentioned. Shah, like Ganguly, must go into a 3-12 months cooling-off interval in July if the Supreme Court doesn’t approve an modification to BCCI’s structure.
This, it’s learnt, is what issues hinge on—the place of ICC chief solely turns into essential for Ganguly and Shah if they’re unable to proceed of their BCCI roles.
“You don’t want to head United Nations, when you are the president of the United States,” the official mentioned.