As Sourav Ganguly takes charge of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which has incurred significant damage to its image over the past few years, he has already highlighted a few matters that he needs to address on priority. The future of MS Dhoni, the take on pink-ball cricket, the financial stability of First-Class cricketers are some of them.
During a conversation over the areas he needs to work on after taking over the role of the BCCI’s president on October 23, Ganguly was asked whether he has spoken to India head coach Ravi Shastri as yet. His answer to the question was a cheeky one, as Dada instead counter questioned the reporter asking: “Why, what has Ravi Shastri done now?” before breaking into laughter himself.
Ever since the news of Ganguly becoming the BCCI president broke out, cricket fans have been pondering over the nature of the relationship between him and Shastri. The two have been in the news on many occasion and had an infamous public fallout during 2017 before Shastri was named the head coach of the Indian team.
Shastri had also blamed Ganguly for seeing Anil Kumble beat him to the head coach’s job in 2016. Dada, who was a part of the CAC which had selected Kumble over Shastri that year, was also a member of the committee that chose the former Team India manager after Jumbo had resigned from his post after the 2017 Champions Trophy due to “untenable differences” with skipper Virat Kohli.