"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". And now he is in the role of President of BCCI. Manohar clarified last December that he would not seek re-election. Manohar is at the end of his second two-year term. However, it appears as if he has chose to not take it up.
In the meantime, speculation has started about who will be the next chairman of the ICC. Two of CSA's five independent directors and one non-independent director resigned. 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. The decision will be taken at the ICC executive meeting on May 28.
South Africa's director of cricket Graeme Smith, on Thursday, heaped praise on former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.
As for Ganguly, his term as the BCCI chief could end in July if the Supreme Court doesn't allow an extension. "So I think that is going to be an interesting time going forward in global cricket and I think that will be a great appointment", Smith said.
"I know him well, I played against him a number of times and worked with him as an administrator and in television". "I think that will be good for the game; I think it will be good for the modern game as well".
Faul was referring to discussions that he and Smith had had in India with BCCI to host a three-match T20 series in South Africa in August to assist CSA in its declining revenue. India have shown "willingness" to tour subject to relaxation of travel restrictions.
Australia was powered to 317 for eight in the 50 overs and India began their chase in earnest with the experienced duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly determined to make a strong bid for the winning total with contrasting half-centuries.
Ganguly would be the clear first choice to replace Manohar even among BCCI members.
Ganguly was elected as BCCI president a year ago, while his tenure is about to end in July. It is no small feat to be the president of an organization like the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at such a young age.