Shashank Manohar, the current ICC chief has been at loggerheads with the BCCI. However, he has announced that once his term ends in May, he will not be seeking re election. That leaves the top position in cricket administration empty-seated in these very difficult times for the sport.
Sourav Ganguly has found backing from cricket legends, David Gower and Graeme Smith to take the top job. Smith said that he believed Ganguly is the right person to lead the game at a time of crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is very important to have the right person as head of the ICC. 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,” said Smith, according to AFP.
“It would be great to see a cricket man like Ganguly to get into the role of the ICC president. That will be good for the game. He understands the game, he has played at the highest level and he is respected,” Smith said. “He is a very, very good man and has those political skills,” Gower had said of Ganguly.