On Friday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday played down its Director Graeme Smith’s open support of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for the ICC chairman’s post and said a protocol would be followed before offering support to any candidate. Former Proteas skipper Smith, who is now CSA’s director of cricket, on Thursday supported Ganguly for the ICC top job, saying a “cricket man” like the ex-Indian skipper is best suited to lead the apex body at this juncture.
However, a day after, the CSA was treading a different path. In a statement, CSA president Chris Nenzani said, “We must respect both the ICC protocol and our own protocol in deciding which candidate to back. There have been no candidates nominated as yet and once such nominations have been made the Board of CSA will take its decision in terms of its own protocol and give the chairman the mandate to exercise his vote as an ICC Board Director accordingly.”
A day before, Smith had said: “From our perspective, it would be great to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly maybe getting into the President’s role of the ICC.”
He further elaborated, “I think that will be good for the game; I think it will be good for the modern game as well. He understands it; he has played it at the highest level; he is respected, and his leadership will be key to us going forward.”
Currently, India is going through a nationwide lockdown. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus positive patients in India went past 119000 with almost 3600 people losing their lives on Friday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Almost the entire is in a lockdown due to the scare of the ever-escalating situation concerning the World Health Organisation-recognized pandemic that is the Coronavirus. Everything- schools, colleges, airports, railway stations, gyms, sporting events, movies, offices- have been put under lockdown as the world continues to self-isolate in order to control the pandemic.