Former India skipper and incumbent president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Sourav Ganguly today said that he does not meet the qualification criteria required to become the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar quit as its president on Tuesday and the board is currently looking for his replacement. Manohar was on Thursday elected unopposed as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman.
Ganguly needed to attend atleast three Annual General Meetings (AGM) to be in the race for BCCI’s top post. He formally took over the reins at the 15 CAB on October last year after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
“I don’t think I meet the qualification criteria, have only been the CAB president for 6-7 months,” Ganguly told reporters.
Asked as to who he believes will eventually succeed Manohar, the 43-year-old said: “Difficult to say. There are a lot of experienced people who can take up the job, I am not thinking about it.”
The former India captain was recently in the news for raising a question about present India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Ganguly has asked if the selectors see Dhoni as the leader till the 2019 World Cup.
But on Friday, he was seen lauding the efforts of the prolific wicket-keeper batsman. Dhoni is presently leading Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rising Pune Supergiants who so far have had a disastrous season and on the brink of exit from this years’ IPL in the group stage. It is for the time in IPL that a team captained by Dhoni is not qualified for the play-offs.
“He is an unbelievable captain (Dhoni). It is just a tournament (IPL). It is a new franchise and a lot of their key players have been injured. Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Marsh all have had injuries, so it becomes difficult for a side to perform without a settled line up,” Ganguly said.