‘Too much of conflict all around’ - Sourav Ganguly on Sachin Tendulkar’s potential arrival in Indian cricket

‘Too much of conflict all around’ – Sourav Ganguly on Sachin Tendulkar’s potential arrival in Indian cricket

Tendulkar didn’t become an active commentator or a coach after retirement.

Indian cricketers Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar
Indian cricketers Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo by Ragul Krishnan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Time and again, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has expressed his keenness of getting former Indian cricketers in the set-up. While the 49-year-old has already roped in Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and head coach and NCA head respectively, the former Indian captain also wants to bag services of Sachin Tendulkar. The highest run-getter in international cricket to date, Sachin did a phenomenal job during his playing days.

However, unlike most of the retired cricketers, Tendulkar didn’t become an active commentator or a coach. While he did serve his former Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians as a mentor, Tendulkar stayed away from full-time roles. On being asked about Tendulkar’s potential arrival in Indian cricket, the southpaw said he is keen to work things out amid the ‘conflict of interest’ issue.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t want to be involved in all this: Sourav Ganguly

“Sachin is obviously a bit different. He doesn’t want to be involved in all this. I’m sure with Sachin’s involvement in Indian cricket in someway, it can’t be a better news than that. In what way that obviously needs to be worked out. Because there is too much of conflict all around,” Ganguly said on Boria Majumdar’s  show ‘Backstage with Boaria.’

“Rightly or wrongly, anything and everything you do you have the word ‘conflict’ keeps jumping out of the window, some of which I find really really unrealistic. So you have to see the best way to keep the best talent involved in the game. And at some stage Sachin will also find a way to be involved in Indian cricket,” he added.

Notably, Ganguly had a tough time in getting Dravid and Laxman on board as well. However, the former Indian skipper, however, managed to convince his former teammates for the roles. Dravid, who had previously mentored India’s Under-19 and A teams, was named as the head coach earlier in October as he replaced Ravi Shastri after India’s disastrous campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021 last month.

On the other hand, Laxman joined assumed the position at NCA on December 13. Besides being an active commentator, he previously served IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad as their mentor.