Recently, some media reports claimed that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is influencing the selection committee and he has rubbished these allegations. Ganguly stated that it is not within him to comment on ‘baseless’ rumors, although the former India captain did explain the picture of him with former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and a previous selection committee that had gone viral and created an uproar in the Indian media and among fans.
In a recent media interaction with PTI, Sourav Ganguly said, “I don’t think I need to answer anybody anything (on this) and dignify any of these baseless accusations. I am the president of BCCI and I do the job of what the president of BCCI should be doing. Also just to let you know, I see a picture doing the rounds (of social media) showing me sitting in a selection committee meeting.”
He further added, “I want to make it clear, that picture (where Ganguly can be seen sitting with secretary Jay Shah, skipper Virat Kohli and joint secretary Jayesh George) wasn’t from a selection committee meeting. Jayesh George isn’t a part of selection committee meetings. (I have played) 424 international matches for India. Not a bad idea at times to remind people about it, isn’t it? (laughs)”.
Sourav Ganguly ended the speculation regarding the future of IPL 2022 and where it will be taking place. In 2022, as the country battled a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a time when the BCCI was considering either UAE or even South Africa to conduct the 15th edition of the IPL. All that however, is now a thing of past as Ganguly confirmed that the tournament will be taking place in India, although a decision on venues will be taken later.
Explaining the same, Sourav Ganguly said, “Well, as BCCI has always maintained that this is the Indian Premier League and we would ideally want to hold it in India. Yes, we haven’t yet officially announced as we are still tracking the Covid-19 situation in the country. Yes, we would finalise the venues in some time. The plan is very much to hold it in India and we are preparing accordingly.”
With India set to play their 1000th ODI this Sunday – which will be against the West Indies – Sourav Ganguly went on to inform that unfortunately due to Covid-19, no celebrations will be in order to commemorate the occasion.
Explaining the same, Sourav Ganguly said, “No, nothing as such as everything is being held in the bubble. We have to maintain the Covid-19 protocols so yes elaborate celebrations won’t be possible and in any case matches are being held closed doors.”