With the office of the President of BCCI now vacant, Sourav Ganguly is the best bet for Indian cricket!
Contributed by Ankit Doshi
There is a common factor between two stalwarts from two very different professions – one a songstress beyond compare, the other a game-changing athlete. Lata Mangneshkar and Sourav Ganguly both, at different points of time, have bailed out the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and eventually Indian Cricket.
While the ‘Nightingale’ did it in 1983 to raise funds after India won her maiden Cricket World Cup, which revolutionised the game in the country forever at a time when the Board did not have the resources to reward the victorious team, ‘Dada’ did it in early 2000’s, when the Board was battling allegations of Match Fixing.
History has repeated itself – in the wake of the Supreme Court order ousting its President Anurag Thakur, Indian Cricket is in shambles again. And since it is not a matter of a lack of funds this time (thus eliminating the need for Lata Mangeshkar’s intervention), perhaps it’s time for Dada to pad up again, albeit in a different field.
Having already gained exposure in the Administrative Office of CAB, Sourav Ganguly filled the big shoes of Jagmohan Dalmiya and led CAB with the flair and panache in the last one year which he was once known for in the off side on the cricket field.
His Vision 2020 for Bengal Cricket is already a hit. Through this he has brought in stalwarts like Muttiah Muralitharan, Waqar Younis and VVS Laxman to enhance the skills of the players Bengal is producing, which shows the kind of commitment the Prince of Calcutta is showing in his capacity as CAB’s boss.
At the time of taking over the captaincy, Sourav had nurtured young players like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan with seasoned players like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid to guide them. He broke the regional bias that was prevalent at that time, and wanted players on merit.
It’s also the best time for Dada to take over as the President, with Anil Kumble as coach and Virat Kohli as the Captain in Tests, and Captain-in-waiting across formats. The former two go back a long time in their professional journey, and the latter is as aggressive (if not more) than Ganguly – and something tells me that the combined energy of this trio will take Indian Cricket to heights seen only by the Windies under Lloyd, and Aussies under Waugh and Ponting, so far.
Indian Cricket has mostly been chaired by Administrators, and it’s time that a former player of calibre should be handed over the reins to settle the issue once and for all.
Moreover, always in the news for wrong reasons, BCCI might actually get a chance to clean its slate under Dada.
One of the most impressive left-hand batsman the sport has ever seen, Sourav Ganguly’s elevation from CAB president to BCCI will not be easy, though – he has his cup full with issues ranging from the responsibility of being one of the owners of Atletico De Kolkata to television commitments to eligibility criteria, conflict of interest and, above all, his own desire to take up the office the President of BCCI.
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