Madiseng backs Smith’s call for Ganguly to lead the ICC

Madiseng backs Smith’s call for Ganguly to lead the ICC

2020-05-29 03:40:00 AM

Madiseng backs Smith’s call for Ganguly to lead the ICC

Former Central Gauteng Lions president throws his weight behind former Proteas skipper’s proposal

Khanyiso TshwakuFormer captain Sourav Ganguly was unanimously elected on October 23 2019 as president of India's cricket board. Picture: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFPFormer Central Gauteng Lions (GCL) president Jack Madiseng has thrown his weight behind Graeme Smith’s call for Sourav Ganguly to become the next International Cricket Council (ICC) chair.

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Ganguly‚ the former India captain‚ is the Board of Control for Cricket in India president. The incumbent ICC chair is Shashank Manohar from India, who has served two terms since 2015. He is eligible to stand for another term but has chosen not to do so. The ICC said they are still discussing replacing Manohar.

Cricket SA president Chris Nenzani said last week the decision to nominate a candidate lies with the board. Smith‚ who is also a former national team captain‚ is Cricket SA’s director of cricket.Madiseng‚ who spoke at the CGL awards held virtually on online platforms‚ has been replaced by Anne Vilas.

“I also noted the comments from Mr Graeme Smith in support of India’s Sourav Ganguly as the ICC chair. I would like to echo Graeme’s words and throw my support for Mr Ganguly. He is a great ambassador for the game‚” Madiseng said“He has demonstrated fantastic leadership and not forgetting his obsession with the commercialising of the sport that we desperately need due to this pandemic. That will impact the international distribution of funds to the various ICC affiliates.”

Madiseng‚ who was recently replaced on the Cricket SA board by Limpopo’s John Mogodi after resigning in 2019 in the midst of the organisation’s administrative upheaval‚ said Cricket SA does not have a leader who can replace Manohar in the position of chair in the event of a nomination.

But Madiseng said Cricket SA has a good crop of presidents who have come through who could have a lot to give to the organisation.“At present  I don’t think we have a leader in this country that is ready for the ICC presidential role. I’m sure we’ll have someone ready in the future‚” Madiseng said.

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