India coach Ravi Shastri welcomed the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the new BCCI president calling it a ‘win-win’ situation for Indian cricket. Extending his heartiest congratulations, Shastri feels Ganguly’s appointment indicates that Indian cricket is moving in the right direction.
Ganguly was unanimously elected on Wednesday as president of India’s troubled cricket board, the sport’s most powerful body. The only nominee to the post, Ganguly was appointed at a meeting in Mumbai, the board confirmed on Twitter. The 47-year-old’s appointment ends more than two years of a Supreme Court appointed committee overseeing the board’s affairs.
“My heartiest congratulations to Sourav for taking over as the BCCI president. His appointment is an indication that Indian cricket is moving in the right direction,” Shastri said in an interview to Times Of India.
The two have not shared the greatest of relations in the past. In 2016, when the hunt for India’s coach was on, the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) – which Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar were a part of had longlisted Shastri as one of the final candidates. The interviews were to take place over a video call and Ganguly had to miss Shastri’s presentation because he had to attend the working committee meeting of the CAB, where he was president.
The job eventually went to Anil Kumble and Shastri went on record saying “that person was disrespectful of the candidate who was going to the interviewed and disrespectful to the job he was entrusted to do.” Ganguly responded back saying he was “very saddened” by Shastri’s “personal attack”.
Lavishing praise on the former India skipper and current BCCI president Ganguly, Shastri called him a ‘natural leader’. Ganguly serves his term as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal and Shastri believes that experience will be handy for guiding the administration forward.
“He’s always been a natural leader. When someone like him — who already dipped his feet into cricket administration four or five years ago — takes over as president of the BCCI, it’s a win-win for Indian cricket,” said Shastri.
The BCCI has been through a turbulent phase lately and Shastri feels a lot of work needs to be done to get the board back in the path of glory.
“These are difficult times for the Board and there’s a lot of work to do to bring BCCI back on the path of glory. I wish him all the best in his stint,” he said.