Here’s why Sangakkara is backing Sourav Ganguly for ICC top spot

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Former Sri Lanka player and one of the best in his time, Kumar Sangakkara said that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly can be the best candidate for the role of ICC chairman. The previous chairman Shashank Manohar has stepped down from the post recently, and Ganguly’s name has come in the limelight ever since CSA’s Graeme Smith openly said that.

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He claimed that he thinks Sourav Ganguly can bring the change. Being a fan of former India captain, he said that Ganguly has a very astute cricket brain which can be helpful.

“Your mindset should be truly international and not just constrained by partisanship in terms of where I come from — am I Indian, Sri Lankan or Australia or English but really understand ‘yes I am a cricketer and what I am doing is what is best for all cricketing countries,” Kumar Sangakkara said to India Today.

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“Most importantly, the foundation of this game is children, fans, and spectators around the world. I think Sourav can do that very, very well. I have seen his work even before he took over as the BCCI president, even before administration and coaching, and how he has built relationships with players around the world, his standing in the MCC cricket committee. I have no doubt that Sourav will be a very, very suitable candidate to do just that,” he further added.

Kumar Sangakkara has always lauded former India captain Sourav Ganguly who is considered as one of the best captains, as well as, players India have ever produced.

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“Giving that Indian team a lot of steel, self-belief, character. Forget about winning at home. I think all sides are comfortable winning at home. But it’s about going outside in test conditions that you are not familiar with against the best in the world and having that fire, hunger and belief to win. And I think that’s where Dada made the biggest difference to Indian cricket,” he told Star Sports.

“You can be judged on a lot of things but sometimes you have to leave something behind and I think in that sense, Dada did a lot to create a wonderful legacy for others to inherit and MS benefited from that,” he concluded.

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