In July, the International Cricket Council (ICC) board approved the process for electing the world body’s next president in November. After the Birmingham meeting, it was decided that with Greg Barclay ending his term this year, the election will be decided by simple majority and the President’s term will be for two years between December 1, 2022 and November 30, 2024.
Ganguly’s name has been doing the rounds since then. But when asked about it, the elegant hitter of yesteryear replied simply: “The presidency of the ICC is not in my hands.
The ICC Board of Directors has decided that a two-thirds majority is no longer required to be elected President. According to the latest recommendations, the candidate obtaining 51% of the votes will be elected winner.
In a 16-member board, the nominee only needs nine votes from the directors to be elected.
The Indian men’s team hasn’t been at their best lately, and Ganguly admitted that not being able to do well in big tournaments is a concern.
“Rohit Sharma has a winning percentage of almost 80. India have lost the last three or four games but before that… He led 35-40 games and only lost five or six.
“I’m sure Rohit and Rahul Dravid will be concerned about the team and everything, and they will improve.
“I’m not worried about one or two losses, but yeah, we haven’t done well in the big tournaments. We’ll talk about that.
“The team will leave (for the T20 World Cup in Australia) two to three weeks, have time to acclimatize and play practice matches.”
Regarding Virat Kohli’s recent century, he said, “It’s very good news that Virat did well in the Asian Cup, and I hope he continues in that vein.”
The seasoned Jhulan Goswami is retiring from international cricket after playing in the third and final ODI against England, and Ganguly called the pacer an “absolute legend”.
“Jhulan is an absolute legend…Last three as President of BCCI, we have had a very good relationship…She has had a fantastic career. She is almost 40 years old.
“Jhulan will leave a mark in women’s cricket. She is a role model, she should receive the highest honor when she finishes at Lord’s. She is an absolute champion.”
It’s been a while now but Ganguly still can’t believe India lost the Commonwealth Games final in Australia.
“I still wonder how we lost the CWG final, we were sailing, we were winning… BCCI are putting a lot of effort into women’s cricket. We won two games in England. I’m happy with the progress.”