Sourav Ganguly taking over as BCCI president is a win-win for Indian cricket: Ravi Shastri
According to Shastri, Ganguly appointment means that Indian cricket is moving in the right direction.
Updated - Oct 26, 2019 12:10 pm
Sourav Ganguly, the retired Indian batsman, recently became the second Indian captain in 65 years to be crowned as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The news came to the fore after Union Minister Anurag Thakur put forth his name in an unofficial meeting at the Trident in Mumbai. A few days ago, Ganguly embarked on his new journey.
After the appointment, Ganguly got wishes from every nook and corner of the country. Lately, Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian national team, congratulated the Prince of Kolkata and hailed him as a natural leader. Shastri also stated that it’s a positive sign for cricket in the country.
Shastri put forth the experience Ganguly has had over the last four to five years and believes that his selection is a win-win situation for Indian cricket. Dada, as Ganguly is popularly known, has already served twice as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
I wish him all the best in his stint: Ravi Shastri
“My heartiest congratulations to Sourav for taking over as the BCCI president. His appointment is an indication that Indian cricket is moving in the right direction. He’s always been a natural leader. When someone like him — who already dipped his feet into cricket administration four or five years ago — takes over as president of the BCCI, it’s a win-win for Indian cricket,” Shastri said.
As per Shastri, the BCCI is in the middle of a rough phase and there’s a long way to go before it gets back to track. “These are difficult times for the Board and there’s a lot of work to do to bring BCCI back on the path of glory. I wish him all the best in his stint,” Shastri, also a former Indian cricketer, was quoted as saying in an interview with the Times of India (TOI).
Ganguly and Shastri’s relationship hasn’t been all that great over the last few years. When Ganguly was a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), it was Anil Kumble, who got the job of India’s head coach back in 2016. Shastri wasn’t happy with the decision and slammed the CAC for his failure to land the job. The duo has had several public spats ever since.