Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has supported Sourav Ganguly to continue as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India till the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023. Both Ganguly and Jay Shah were elected unopposed last year in October. While Shah’s term ended in May, Sourav Ganguly’s term finished on July 27.
However, last year in December at the BCCI’s 88th SGM all the members were agreed on the fact that Ganguly and his team should serve a full six years at the BCCI. However, according to the BCCI constitution, the Supreme Court has to approve any extension of the office-bearers’ term.
“The Supreme Court of India’s decision to postpone the hearing of several applications by the BCCI and some of its affiliates has also left Indian cricket in limbo. Sure, there are many more important cases than cricket before the highest court in the land but Indian cricket lovers are anxiously awaiting the decision,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in Mid-Day.
He added, “Personally, I would love to see Sourav and his team carry on till the end of the 2023 World Cup in India but let’s see what the court decides. Just like Sourav lifted the Indian team after the early murky times and restored the faith of the Indian cricket lovers, so also he and his team look capable of doing that with the BCCI administration.”
Sunil Gavaskar further added that there should be no limit on the medical assistance by the BCCI for former cricketers, which is currently at Rs. 5 lakh. “The cost of some of these treatments is multi times more than the medical assistance limit currently for ex-cricketers who played for peanuts and do not even have a fraction of the money the current lot has. So each case should be treated separately and if it is a very serious medical problem then there should be no limit for the medical assistance from the BCCI,” Gavaskar concluded.