Will improve BCCI's image, get more money from ICC: Sourav Ganguly

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-15 11:42:00

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  • Ganguly remarked that Indian cricket wasn't getting the money it deserved from the ICC.
  • Ganguly criticised the conflict-of-interest issue which forced him to quit BCCI's CAC and Delhi Capitals' mentorship.
  • Ganguly wants to improve the image of the Board, which he feels, has been tarnished a fair bit under CoA since the last three years.
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MUMBAI: It was at a time of crisis in Indian cricket that Sourav Ganguly took over as captain of the Indian team. The dark clouds of match-fixing were hanging on the horizon. Nineteen years later, as soon as he filed his nomination as the sole candidate for the position of BCCI president, Ganguly pointed out that Indian cricket was in a crisis right now too.

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Flanked by the 'old guard' of the BCCI - veteran officials like N Srinivasan, Rajeev Shukla and Niranjan Shah - Ganguly while filing his nomination at the BCCI HQ here, remarked that Indian cricket wasn't getting the money it deserved from the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is something which has been pointed out repeatedly by the BCCI members, so it wasn't a surprise that the former India skipper listed this concern as one of his top priorities.

"That's one area that we will look into," said Ganguly. "We haven't received any money from ICC in the last few years, in the sense what we deserve. India generates 70-80% of the revenue. So, that's going to be on the agenda. We have to find a solution to this as this is not leading anywhere," he said. Ganguly's comments mean that a fresh face-off between the ICC and the BCCI is round the corner.

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'Conflict of interest a big concern'

Not for the first time, Ganguly criticised the conflict-of-interest issue which has forced him to quit BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and Delhi Capitals' mentorship.

He reiterated that the contentious clause was discouraging top former cricketers from serving the game post retirement in administrative/coaching capacity. "Conflict of Interest is an issue. And I am not sure whether we will get the services of the best cricketers in the system, because they will have other options to avail. Because if they come into the system and not get to do what is their livelihood, it is very difficult for them to be part of this system and make a difference," said Ganguly.

With no election taking place, October 23 will see BCCI's long-due Annual General Meeting (AGM) take place here. The AGM will see the birth of a new selection committee. "Yes, we will have a new selection committee," Ganguly said. It effectively means that selecting the team for the Bangladesh series by next week will be the final assignment of the current selection committee, headed by MSK Prasad.

'BCCI's image has been tarnished'

A veteran of 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, Ganguly wants to improve the image of the Board, which he feels, has been tarnished a fair bit under CoA since the last three years. "I am taking over at a time when BCCI has not been in greatest of position. It's a great opportunity for me to do something good," Ganguly has told PTI.

Being selected unopposed, he felt, placed a big responsibility, on his shoulders. "Whether unopposed or not, there has to be responsibility as it is the biggest organisation in world cricket. Financially, India is a cricketing powerhouse, so it will be a challenge," he said.
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