WATCH: Shoaib Akhtar compares Sourav Ganguly with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the many cricketers to have welcomed the decision of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly being appointed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In a video on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said it was a great move from India to appoint Ganguly as the head of the BCCI. The former skipper is expected to take charge as the board's new president on October 23. He is the only candidate to have filed nomination for the post and is likely to be elected unopposed.
Akhtar, who played under him at Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), credited Ganguly to have played an instrumental role in transforming Indian cricket and instilling the winning mentality in the team. He appreciated the move and said Ganguly has a brilliant cricketing brain. Akhtar also compared Ganguly with current Pakistan Prime Minister and former cricket team captain Imran Khan.
Explaining how the two had similar traits as captain of their respective sides, Akhtar pointed out that Ganguly had an eye for young talent just like Khan and gave examples of how both the former skippers promoted a lot of young players under their respective terms as captain.
"A common thing which I noticed between him (Sourav Ganguly) and Imran Khan is that he showed belief on new talents and had an eye for such talents who can play for India. Our Prime Minister Imran Khan used to do the same as captain - he used to pick players who used to win matches for Pakistan like Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq and many others. Similarly, Ganguly did the same thing with the Indian side and put them on a different pedestal," said Akhtar in a video on his YouTube channel.
Ganguly has become the first Indian cricketer to be named BCCI President in 65 years. Maharaja of Vizianagaram was the last cricketer to have held the post from 1954 to 1956. Ganguly submitted his nomination papers at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Monday and his appointment will be confirmed on October 23.
However, the former Indian captain will be appointed for a short period of only nine months as he has been holding the president post of Cricket Association of Bengal for the last five years. A person, according to BCCI rules, can hold an administrative post for only six years on the trot.