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‘Up to you to judge my legacy’ – Sourav Ganguly responds to allegations

Sourav Ganguly has had to answer a lot of questions recently

Sourav Ganguly has been in the news lately for a lot of different reasons, and the BCCI president called most of those allegations baseless. Ganguly reminded the press about how many international matches he has played, adding that sometimes it’s a good idea to remind people about that. Ganguly said him and his team are focused on their work and is not thinking about their legacy. That, he said, is up to the public.

“What’s my legacy? Well, I won’t be able to tell it now. Let’s see what happens. It is up to you all to judge my legacy, it is what it is. But it has been under tough circumstances due to Covid-19 over the last two years. The pandemic has wreaked havoc all over the world and we are fortunate that we could still manage to get a majority of cricket done,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

Sourav Ganguly also lashed out at suggestions that he influenced the selection of the Indian team. A viral image of Ganguly had taken off on the internet recently, in which he was pictured sitting with former selection committee chairman MSK Prasad, ex-captain Virat Kohli, and his then-deputy Rohit Sharma. The picture, from 2019, also contained other selection committee members at the time.

What Sourav Ganguly said about the selection row

“I don’t think I need to answer anybody anything (about this) and dignify any of these baseless accusations. I am the president of BCCI and I do the job of what the president of BCCI should be doing,” Ganguly told PTI.

“Also just to let you know, I see a picture doing the rounds (of social media) showing me sitting in a selection committee meeting.

“I want to make it clear, that picture (where Sourav Ganguly is sitting with secretary Jay Shah, skipper Virat Kohli and joint secretary Jayesh George) wasn’t from a selection committee meeting.

“Jayesh George isn’t a part of selection committee meetings. (I have played) 424 international matches for India. Not a bad idea at times to remind people about it, isn’t it?”

 

The image that first raised questions about Ganguly

Ganguly on his relationship with Jay Shah

“I share a fantastic relationship with Jay. He is a very dear friend and a trusted colleague. Me, Jay, Arun (Dhumal) and Jayesh (George), we have all been working together to get the board going in these difficult times especially with COVID-19 in these two years. To make sure that cricket happens. I would say it has been a fantastic two years. We have all done it as a team,” Ganguly said.

New Test captain to be announced soon

“Obviously, there are certain parameters of leadership and whoever fits the bill will be the next Indian Test captain. I believe selectors will have a name in mind and they will discuss it with office-bearers – President and Secretary – and it will be announced in due course of time,” Ganguly said.

 

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