Not just Smith but even acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Jacques Faul echoed similar sentiments. Hence, Ganguly, due to his leadership credentials and closeness to the modern game, will be a ideal choice for the role. Sourav Ganguly learnt the administrative role under late Jagmohan Dalmiya.
"It will be fantastic for us to see a cricketer like Sourav Ganguly in the role of ICC President", Smith advised reporters on Thursday.
"It is very important to have the right person as head of the ICC", said Smith. "After the meeting, Smith was unequivocal about his support for Ganguly should the former India captain contest the ICC chairman elections". Ever since it emerged that Manohar would not stand for another term after his tenure ends with the ICC annual conference in July, the general perception was European Central Bank chairman Colin Graves was the frontrunner to take charge as the new chairman of the global cricket body. A scenario where Ganguly is the ICC chairman, Jay Shah the BCCI president, Arun Singh Dhumal the BCCI secretary and N Srinivasan as the Indian cricket board's representative to the ICC is always a possibility.
"We know that the elections are coming up and there are a few names in the hat, but my own opinion is that it's time that someone close to the modern game with the leadership credentials got into a key position". Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has opined that the apex body can defer the global event until February-March next year.
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Smith added that having a "cricket man" like Ganguly in charge would benefit the game moving forward.
"I think India must play a leadership role when it comes to the Future Tours Programme and a responsible one". Our engagements with Sourav has been positive and his willingness to help us.
According to Smith, going forward it is important to have someone at the top who understands the modern game and its challenges. Mirror recently reported that the BCCI is open to backing an Indian for the ICC chairman post although at this stage, Colin Graves of the England Wales Cricket Board (ECB) seems to be a favourite.
"I don't think there are any nominations out there of any candidates that I know of, so they are still in the process, but from a CSA point of view, we have no problem supporting any Indian candidate. But, we need to look who are the others nominated", Faul said.