BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has given assurance to the Indian team management led by captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. He noted that his board will make “life easy” and not “difficult” for them. At the same time, he pointed out that performance will be the ultimate yardstick.
“I don’t know what had transpired with the CoA [the previous regime] and Virat and Ravi,” Ganguly said. It was his first media briefing as BCCI president in Mumbai. “But the new body has taken over, the new office bearers have taken over. Now, it will be a proper discussion and everything would be mutually discussed. But have the assurance that we are here to make their life easier, not make their life difficult. And everything will be based on performance. Performance is the most important thing and that’s what will decide the future of Indian cricket.”
Ganguly also said he was waiting to have a word with MS Dhoni on his future, pointing out “champions don’t finish quickly.”
The 47-year old former India captain was speaking after his formal election as BCCI president. He has now marked the end of the 33-month tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). BCCI also elected today Jay Shah (secretary), Arun Singh Dhumal (treasurer), Jayesh George (joint secretary) and Mahim Verma (vice-president).
Ganguly was all praise for Kohli. He said Kohli had taken Indian cricket to a “different level” since he took over as captain in 2015. India is currently the No. 1 Test team is also at the top in the World Test Championship table. In ODIs, they are behind England and in T20Is they are ranked fourth.
Kohli and Shastri have become two of the most powerful people in Indian cricket in light of that success. Ganguly willl meet them on Thursday at the BCCI offices. On the same day, the management will pick the teams to play the home series against Bangladesh.