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Ganguly has political skills to lead ICC: David Gower

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NEW DELHI, May 15: Former England skipper David Gower feels Sourav Ganguly has the right �political skills� to lead the ICC one day and he has already displayed that as BCCI president, which is a �far tougher job�.

The elegant left-hander is very impressed with Ganguly�s leadership abilities and believes that he has what it takes to head the global body in the future.

�One thing I have learnt over the years is that if you are going to run BCCI, you need to be many, many things. Having a reputation like he (Ganguly) has is a very good start, but you need to be a very deft politician.

�You need to have control of a million different things,� Gower said ahead of �Q20�, a unique chat show for the fans presented by �GloFans�.

Gower reckons being president of the BCCI is the toughest job imaginable in world cricket.

�And of course, you need to be responsible for a game that is followed by, I mean, should we say a billion people here in India,� he said.

�We all know about the immense following for cricket in India. So it is indeed a wonderful thing to behold. Sourav has the toughest task imaginable in charge of BCCI, but so far I would say the signs are very good.

�He has listened, given his own opinion and has pulled strings gently,� he said.

Political skills are a must in administration and that�s where Gower finds his fellow left-hander ticking all the boxes.

�He is a very, very good man and has those political skills. He has the right attitude and can keep things together and will do good job. And if you do a good job as BCCI chief in the future, who knows?

�But I would actually say the more important job, to be honest, is running BCCI. Being head of ICC is an honour, there is a lot that can be done by ICC, but actually look at the rankings, look at where the power is heading up. BCCI is definitely the bigger job,� he said.

On the cricketing front, Gower believes World Test Championship has given the format much-needed context. � PTI

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Ganguly has political skills to lead ICC: David Gower

NEW DELHI, May 15: Former England skipper David Gower feels Sourav Ganguly has the right �political skills� to lead the ICC one day and he has already displayed that as BCCI president, which is a �far tougher job�.

The elegant left-hander is very impressed with Ganguly�s leadership abilities and believes that he has what it takes to head the global body in the future.

�One thing I have learnt over the years is that if you are going to run BCCI, you need to be many, many things. Having a reputation like he (Ganguly) has is a very good start, but you need to be a very deft politician.

�You need to have control of a million different things,� Gower said ahead of �Q20�, a unique chat show for the fans presented by �GloFans�.

Gower reckons being president of the BCCI is the toughest job imaginable in world cricket.

�And of course, you need to be responsible for a game that is followed by, I mean, should we say a billion people here in India,� he said.

�We all know about the immense following for cricket in India. So it is indeed a wonderful thing to behold. Sourav has the toughest task imaginable in charge of BCCI, but so far I would say the signs are very good.

�He has listened, given his own opinion and has pulled strings gently,� he said.

Political skills are a must in administration and that�s where Gower finds his fellow left-hander ticking all the boxes.

�He is a very, very good man and has those political skills. He has the right attitude and can keep things together and will do good job. And if you do a good job as BCCI chief in the future, who knows?

�But I would actually say the more important job, to be honest, is running BCCI. Being head of ICC is an honour, there is a lot that can be done by ICC, but actually look at the rankings, look at where the power is heading up. BCCI is definitely the bigger job,� he said.

On the cricketing front, Gower believes World Test Championship has given the format much-needed context. � PTI

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