BCCI President Sourav Ganguly believes that “Indian Cricket is in safe hands”. A few crucial changes occurred after the T20 World Cup. As Ravi Shastri’s tenure ended as India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid replaced him. And VVS Laxman is now the NCA head. Sourav Ganguly and his former teammates are all set to contribute to the team and bring out the best of them.
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Sourav Ganguly, the new President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) drew in VVS Laxman as the head of the state unit’s pilot project ‘Vision 2020’. Ganguly knows and believes that he can coordinate and work with junior players.
Ganguly told PTI, “I am very happy for them to be appointed as head coach and head of NCA because those are two very important positions in Indian cricket.” Ganguly also said Laxman’s stature in Indian cricket is above question.
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When asked that how difficult it was to convince Dravid and Laxman for their respective roles, the BCCI President said, “You tell them that it’s important and they agreed. We are extremely happy to have both of them and Indian cricket is in safe hands. More than emotional, I am happy that they have both agreed and they want to do it for Indian cricket.”
Ganguly on VVS Laxman’s decision to be the NCA head:
According to the former Indian captain, Laxman will make a huge difference as the NCA head. He is a great human being and has a good structure in Indian cricket. “Laxman’s ability to be committed made us select him. He has always been a fantastic person to work with. From that point of view, his stature in Indian cricket is beyond everything. Rahul has put a system in place in NCA and obviously, that will help Laxman to carry forward the good work.”
Surprisingly, Ganguly also revealed that Laxman sacrificed his IPL mentorship contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad and commentary deal to take up this job as the NCA head. “He is shifting to Bangalore for next three years from Hyderabad just to serve Indian cricket. It’s remarkable. Of course, his earnings will drop but yeah, he has agreed. His wife and kids will also shift. His children will now study in a school in Bangalore and there will be a massive change as a family to shift base. It’s not easy unless you are so devoted to Indian cricket.”