Graeme Smith and Sourav Ganguly.

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith had put his weight behind current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to lead ICC someday. Smith further said that ICC’s top job should be handed over to a “cricket man” and Ganguly can fit in for that position.

“From our perspective, it would be great to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly maybe getting into the President’s role of the ICC,” Smith had said.

But Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani in a statement has certainly asked to follow the “protocol” for the selection of the candidate. “We must respect both the ICC protocol and our own protocol in deciding which candidate to back.”

Ganguly who once led India to their second World Cup final back in 2003 has had a good administrative experience too while he was attached with the CAB and now heading the BCCI.

The left-handed batsman made his debut India debut in Tests against England back in 1996 alongside Rahul Dravid and smashed a ton. He was later given the captaincy of the Indian team.

India ended as runners-up in the Knockout tournament in 2000 and World Cup 2003 while won the NatWest trophy in 2002.

The Indian team also won their first ever Test series on Pakistani soil under Ganguly’s leadership.