Former England skipper David Gower reckons that the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has the right “political skills” to lead the ICC one day and he the job as the BCCI president is a “far tougher job”. The elegant left-hander is very impressed with Ganguly’s leadership abilities and believes that he has what it takes to head the global body in the future.
During a unique chat show for the fans presented by ”GloFans”, Gower said, “One thing I have learnt over the years is that if you are going to run BCCI, you need to be many, many things. Having a reputation like he (Ganguly) has is a very good start, but you need to be a very deft politician. You need to have control of a million different things.”
Gower feels being president of the BCCI is the toughest job imaginable in world cricket.
Former English skipper explained, “And of course, you need to be responsible for a game that is followed by, I mean, should we say a billion people here in India. We all know about the immense following for cricket in India. So it is indeed a wonderful thing to behold. Sourav has the toughest task imaginable in charge of BCCI, but so far I would say the signs are very good. He has listened, given his own opinion and has pulled strings gently.”
Political skills play a crucial role in administration and that’s where Gower finds his fellow left-hander ticking all the boxes. On the cricketing front, Gower reckons World Test Championship has given the format much-needed context.
Gower elaborated, “The idea of this World Test Championship has come about for one very simple reason that people are worried about the survival of Tests. Back in the seventies, eighties, I don”t think we needed context to be fair. Test cricket was very much more obviously the most important format and if there was anything to be judged by, it was the performances in Test matches both as an individual and as a team.”