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. Also Read - Mitchell Starc Reaches Settlement in Insurance Fight of USD 1.53 Million For Missing 2018 IPL Due to Injury

“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’. Also Read - BCCI Invites Tender For IPL Sponsorship For 4-month Period; Highest Bid Not Guaranteed Winner

“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. Also Read - IPL 2020: BCCI Gets Government Approval to Stage IPL in UAE, Says League Chairman Brijesh Patel

The 42-year-old Sangakkara, who is also the first non-British chief of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), said that an individual presiding over an international governing body has to have the interests of all cricketing countries at heart.

“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 Australia 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 till the time elections are not conducted for the post.

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.