Sourav Ganguly has a global view on world cricket, will do great as BCCI president: Kumar Sangakkara

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-10-23 16:10:00

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Sourav Ganguly took over as the BCCI president on Wednesday (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kumar Sangakkara said he is looking forward to working with Sourav Ganguly
  • Ganguly was elected unopposed as new BCCI president
  • Sangakkara took over as 1st non-British president of MCC

Newly-appointed president of the Maryleborne Cricket Club, Kumar Sangakkara has said he is looking forward to Sourav Ganguly's tenure as the boss of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Sangakkara, the 1st non-British president of the MCC, said he is sure Ganguly will have a huge impact on world cricket during his stint as the president of the richest cricket body in the world.

Sourav Ganguly was formally elected as the BCCI president on Wednesday. The former India captain was elected unopposed for the top job, thereby bringing an end to Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators' 33-month tenure.

Sangakkara, who was appointed as the head of MCC, former governing body and guardian of laws of world cricket, said Ganguly's global view on world cricket will only help taking cricket to newer avenues.

"Dada [Ganguly] is in a much more influential position than I am. But I have really enjoyed my conversations with him. He has been part of the world cricket committee. He has a global view on world cricket not just Indian cricket. That's really important," Sangakkara told ESPNCricinfo.

"He is a great supporter of cricket in the Olympics, he is a great supporter of spreading the game globally. So I am sure he will do a huge amount of work. He has got a very sharp and tactical brain. I mean his experience in playing the game and captaining India is immense. So I am sure he will do a wonderful job.

"His influence at the ICC, if he brings that in a positive and usual manner with which he looks at the game, I am sure there will be a huge impact."

All eyes will be on Sourav Ganguly as the new BCCI president made it clear that he wants to take BCCI back to where it belongs in the ICC.

Ganguly's election as BCCI president comes at a time when the ICC is looking at restructuring the working committee as growing voices against the Big Three Model.

Speaking to India Today, Ganguly also stressed that ICC needs to start respecting the BCCI again while adding that India not just generates the revenue but also has a huge role to play when it comes to the popularity of the game.

"We will have to get BCCI at the ICC back where we belong. There have been a lot of issues for good four-five years. BCCI is so important to the ICC. It not only generates the funds; which is one part but the popularity of the game matters. India is unbelievable and has a huge role to play in ICC and we need to be respected which at the moment is not happening."

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