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'Sourav Ganguly has credibility and leadership': Graeme Smith on seeing former Indian captain as ICC President

Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith says that he would like to see BCCI president Sourav Ganguly take up the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief's role.

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Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith says that he would like to see BCCI president Sourav Ganguly take up the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief's role.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and its cricket director, Graeme Smith said,  "The president of the ICC now becomes a very key position in terms of how the game can progress and progress at the right level. It would be great to see a cricket man like Ganguly to get into the role of the ICC president. That will be good for the game. He understands the game, he has played at the highest level and he is respected. That is going to be an interesting time for international and it is going to be a great appointment.

"He (Ganguly) has credibility and leadership. Someone like Ganguly is best positioned for that (the ICC role)... He is got the credibility, leadership and can take the game forward. The elections are coming, there are, of course, few other names in the hat, but in my opinion, someone with modern (perception) for the game should be the candidate," the former South Africa captain said.

"I have dealt with Sourav in the past and it will be good for the game," Smith said, according to SportStar.

Not just Smith but even acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Jacques Faul echoed similar sentiments.

"We have always closely worked with India and it must play a leadership role in the FTP and a responsible one. Our engagements with Sourav has been positive and his willingness to help us. We have checked with the leadership of CSA on if we would support an Indian candidate (as the ICC chief) and at this stage, we would. From the CSA point of view, we don't see problems in supporting an Indian candidate. But, we need to look who are the others nominated," Faul said.

As for Ganguly, his term as the BCCI chief could end in July if the Supreme Court doesn't allow an extension. With Cricket South Africa openly rooting for Ganguly, there could be a possibility when the ICC meet for an all-important board meeting on May 28.

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