Sangakkara backs Ganguly for ICC top post

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Sri Lanka cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara has backed Sourav Ganguly for the ICC chairman’s post, saying the BCCI president’s “astute cricket brain” and vast experience as an administrator make him a “very suitable” candidate for the role.

Admitting that he is a big fan of Ganguly, Sangakkara said the former India captain has an international mindset which is necessary to remain unbiased in an important position.

“I think Sourav definitely can make that change. Quite a big fan of Dada not just because of his stature as a cricketer but I think he has a very astute cricket brain,” Sangakkara, who is currently the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Chairman, told India Today.

“He has the best interests of the game at heart and that should not change just because you are the BCCI president or the ECB or SLC or any other cricket board when you are at the ICC.”

“Your mindset should be truly international and not just constrained by partisanship in terms of where I come from — am I Indian, Sri Lankan or Australian or English but really understand ‘yes I am a cricketer and what I am doing is what is best for all cricketing countries’”.

The former Sri Lanka skipper said Ganguly has the potential to build relationships, which is vital for the influential position in cricket’s governing body.

“I have seen his work even before he took over as the BCCI president, even before administration and coaching, and how he has built relationships with players around the world, his standing in the MCC cricket committee,” he added.

Former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar stepped down as the ICC chairman earlier this month. Hong Kong’s Imran Khwaja, Manohar’s deputy in the ICC, has been given interim charge.

Sangakkara is not the only former international skipper to have vouched for Ganguly. Former South Africa captain and Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) director of cricket, Graeme Smith had also supported Ganguly for the role.

Ganguly, on his part, recently stated that he is in no hurry to take up the ICC role.

  Comments - 29

  • glorified nonsense Sunday, 26 July 2020 02:01 PM

    Oh who cares about hitting a ball with a stick?

    varuna Sunday, 26 July 2020 02:56 PM

    There are millions who care about it. Please refrain from talking "nonsense".

    My Heart to Cricket Sunday, 26 July 2020 03:00 PM

    Many likes and love the game of cricket, some die for the game. Cricket lovers many, than the other sports like you say hitting a ball with a stick. like baseball, Hockey (ice

    Nimal Sunday, 26 July 2020 03:35 PM

    Your own name amply describes you.

    Dinesh de Silva Sunday, 26 July 2020 04:22 PM

    Aha Glorified nonsense - It is not any one of us can play cricket to get tons of runs. We cricket fans care a lot and support the cricketers alk the way.

    Hari M Sunday, 26 July 2020 07:28 PM

    Obviously you don't

    rafeeek Sunday, 26 July 2020 02:10 PM

    take it up now and do a wonderful job before corrupted person get in

    suren Sunday, 26 July 2020 02:50 PM

    But the Indians are a narrow minded lot.Did not offer IPL to Sri Lanka because we are doing much better than them.

    Vipin B Sunday, 26 July 2020 03:31 PM

    Seems a complete dishonest remark by Sangakkara.

    Nimal Sunday, 26 July 2020 03:34 PM

    Sanga has proved beyond any doubt that he is a real gentleman. Mother Lanka is proud of you Sanga.

    Lanka putha Sunday, 26 July 2020 03:40 PM

    He is a gentleman. Hope you will win. Good luck

    Sunil Sunday, 26 July 2020 04:38 PM

    I can never believe that Ganguly has international mindset. Every Indian has a Indian mindset and loyalty to its people even after living overseas for 30 years. I am saying this after working with them in gulf for 25 years - recruitment, promotions, increments, terminations done with bias.This is the opinion even in western countries of Indians.

    Palitha Sunday, 26 July 2020 04:41 PM

    ICC position should not be held by Indians in consecutive terms. It should be rotated for good governance.

    Neville Gunasekara Sunday, 26 July 2020 04:59 PM

    Bitter grapes

    Shihan Sunday, 26 July 2020 05:40 PM

    Our own goats dragged him into controversy and ruined his chances

    Kapila Senaratne Sunday, 26 July 2020 05:48 PM

    We Salute to you Sanga ! You will be legend in our hearts forever.

    Kumar, Lawyer Sunday, 26 July 2020 07:59 PM

    Indians have discretely penetrated in large numbers into international organisations such as the UN, World Bank, IMF, Amnesty International,etc. This gives India an enormous influence and an untouchable status in the world. Now, it is Sri Lankan cricketer Sangakara’s turn to support another Indian taking over a top international position, this time in cricket.

    Sri Lankan living in Britain Sunday, 26 July 2020 08:16 PM

    Why is Sangakkara, since 2011, always supporting India ? This is a mystery no Sri Lankan Journalist is investigating.

    Sambo Sunday, 26 July 2020 08:29 PM

    It;s sad to see that a Sri Lankan's don't want another Sri Kankan to come up in life. That's our attitude over here.

    CorranUnna patient Sunday, 26 July 2020 10:13 PM

    why would you want to back an Indian when they're all out to rob Sri Lanka cricket and everything that stand in the way of India

    roni Sunday, 26 July 2020 11:27 PM

    Keep batting sanga you will be in for a role with the IPL till the cows come home, This is the way to do it, bat with a straight bat without edges.

    DJ Monday, 27 July 2020 06:56 AM

    So who won! All is forgotten, not just sweapt under the carpet but buried, shame on you Sanga to just let the entire episode where your integrity was questioned to simply vanish

    Odin Monday, 27 July 2020 06:58 AM

    Well, Aluthgamage, then sepada??????

    Jude Monday, 27 July 2020 08:56 AM

    Prince of Kolkata, NOTTA bad idea !! Ganguly, Gentleman par excellence !!

    Jude Monday, 27 July 2020 09:05 AM

    In the other hand, ICC Currupted to core!! Even BCCI couldn't implement Lodha recommendations!! And ICC was represented by Currupted officials from BCCI but ICC played the ignorant part !! Then SLC big wig was Bookieman but ICC kept a blind eye !! Huh!!

    Ranbanda Weerakoan Monday, 27 July 2020 09:14 AM

    Sanga, the least you can do is to stay silent on this matter. Gangly is only having India as the sole party to serve while in ICC. God bless rest of the cricket nations.

    keith.cameron2000@gmail.com Monday, 27 July 2020 09:15 AM

    @glorified nonsense There is a lot to care when it's strapped with some heavy $$$.

    Saman kumara Monday, 27 July 2020 09:57 AM

    That's bullshit Sanga.If he becomes ICC chairman sorry thami. ICC dropped the T20I world cup caz of pandemic.But this guy want to organized the IPL for money.He postponed the Asia cup for IPL for the money.Think this, If the IPL tournament happens it only benefits for the BCCI, Indian Players

    Rohan Monday, 27 July 2020 05:10 PM

    Daily Mirror, you keep lot of comments against India without publishing and then allow them after 48 hours, when fewer people would be reading them. Majority Sri Lankan people asking, WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO INDIA ?


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