After Smith backs Dada for ICC, CSA pours cold water

Mamata Banerjee Sourav Ganguly

"Now it is even more important to have someone in a role who can provide leadership, who understands and can navigate the challenges in the game today", Smith said in a video press conference organised by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday.

Smith said it is possible that the matches could be played at neutral venues but nothing in certain at present.

The administration of cricket in South Africa has been in turmoil since the constitution of CSA was changed at the annual meeting last September to allow Nenzani an extra year in office after he had already served the maximum two three-year terms.

However, ICC's current chairperson Shashank Manohar is expected to step down in June and since the post of president will be vacant, Smith chose to vouch for Ganguly."Now it is even more important to have someone in a role who can provide leadership who understands and can navigate the challenges in the game today".

Ganguly, who took cost on October 23, was to vacate workplace subsequent 12 months, however a dilution may see him keep until 2024. Submit-COVID, cricket will want highly effective management, and it's time for somebody comparable to the trendy sport with management credentials to get into the place.

"I think India must play a leadership role when it comes to the Future Tours Programme and a responsible one".

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly could emerge as the top contender for the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief's role.

Sourav Ganguly's skills as an organizer have been proven long ago. Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has opined that the apex body can defer the global event until February-March next year.

Former England captain David Gower had also backed Ganguly's potential appointment as the chief of the game's governing body.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani says the organisation has not formally decided who to back to replace Shashank Manohar as ICC chairperson.

While CSA CEO Jacques Faul, though, feels that a delayed T20 World Cup shouldn't have much impact financially. Our engagements with Sourav has been positive and his willingness to help us.

"We have a checklist at CSA on whether we would support and Indian candidate, and at this stage we would".

"I don't think there are any nominations out there of any candidates that I know of, so they are still in the process, but from a CSA point of view, we have no problem supporting any Indian candidate", he added. He also said that if a mandate is needed to elect Sourav Ganguly, they can get it from their board chief.