CSA clarifies its position on ICC presidency after Smith backs Ganguly

South Africa's Director of Cricket Graeme Smith. - KT file
South Africa's Director of Cricket Graeme Smith. - KT file

Cape Town - ICC's elections are slated to be held in July this year


Published: Thu 21 May 2020, 10:23 PM

Last updated: Fri 22 May 2020, 12:29 AM

As Cricket South Africa's (CSA) director of cricket Graeme Smith backed former India skipper Sourav Ganguly to head the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Proteas cricket body on Thursday clarified its stand regarding the elections of the ICC. 
The remark of CSA came just hours after Smith decided to say that Ganguly is best positioned to lead the ICC at the present stage. "We must respect both the ICC protocol and our own protocol in deciding which candidate to back. There have been no candidates nominated as yet and once such nominations have been made the Board of CSA will take its decision in terms of its own protocol and give the chairman the mandate to exercise his vote as an ICC Board Director accordingly," CSA President and Chairman of the Board, Chris Nenzani said in an official release. 
"We have the highest regard for the opinions of our Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith, who is a well-respected figure in world cricket and has already made an immense contribution in fulfilling his mandate to make our cricket teams world leaders again. At the moment we don't want to anticipate any candidates who may be nominated for this important position to lead the game we all love," he added. 
Ganguly is currently the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). However, ICC's current chairperson Shashank Manohar is expected to step down in June and since the post of president will be vacant, Smith decided to vouch for Ganguly. 
"Now it is even more important to have someone in a role who can provide leadership who understands and can navigate the challenges in the game today. I think post-COVID with the things that are going to come our way, to have strong leadership is important. I feel that someone like Sourav Ganguly is best positioned for that at the moment," sport24.co.za had quoted Smith as saying.  
ICC's elections are slated to be held in July this year.

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