Sri Lanka Cricket will support the Board of Control for Cricket in India candidate for the International Cricket Council independent chair.
An SLC official has told Sri Lanka’s Daily News that “The SLC will lend support to BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly, if he desires to be the ICC Chairman; and, if he doesn’t wish to be appointed to the position and the BCCI nominates anyone from India, we will continue to favour anyone with our support,” a top SLC official told the Daily News yesterday.
The election of the ICC Independent Chair appears to be a two-horse race. England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Grave is likely to be challenged by the Board of Control for Cricket in India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is yet to announce his candidature for the ICC post.
The Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani had declined some of the ICC board members’ request to return to the ICC apex office.
The SLC was reportedly keen to field former national team captain Kumar Sangakkara for the ICC elite post. Sangakkara, who is the MCC president, did not show any interest for the ICC job.
Incumbent Shashank Manohar, a former BCCI president, has declined to seek a third consecutive term despite being eligible to contest for the post.
Manohar’s present term in the ICC will be over next month. However, the world cricket governing body hasn’t announced the election process for the chair.
The BCCI is also expected to get the support from Cricket Australia and the Cricket South Africa.