CSA downplays Graeme Smith’s backing of Sourav Ganguly for ICC chairman’s post

Cricket South Africa on Friday made light of its Director Graeme Smith's open sponsorship of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for the ICC administrator's post and said a convention would be followed before offering backing to any competitor.

Previous captain Smith, who is presently CSA's executive of cricket, on Thursday bolstered Ganguly for the ICC top employment, saying a "cricket man" like the ex-India commander would be perfect to lead the peak body at this crossroads.

Be that as it may, a day after, the CSA was stepping an alternate way.

"We should regard both the ICC convention and our own convention in choosing which contender to back," said CSA president Chris Nenzani in an announcement.

"There have been no applicants designated so far and once such selections have been made the Board of CSA will take its choice as far as its own convention and give the administrator the command to practice his vote as an ICC Board Director as needs be."

A day prior to, Smith had stated: "From our viewpoint, it is extraordinary to see a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly perhaps getting into the President's job of the ICC."

"I feel that will be useful for the game; I figure it will be useful for the advanced game too. He gets it; he has played it at the most significant level; he is regarded; and his administration will be vital to us going ahead," he included.

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