Cricket South Africa downplays Graeme Smith's backing of Sourav Ganguly for ICC chairman's post

Cricket South Africa downplays Graeme Smith's backing of Sourav Ganguly for ICC chairman's post

Cricket South Africa on Friday played down its Director Graeme Smith's open backing of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for the ICC chairman's post and said a protocol would be followed before offering support to any candidate.

Former skipper Smith, who is now CSA's director of cricket, on Thursday supported Ganguly for the ICC top job, saying a "cricket man" just like the ex-India captain would be ideal to steer the apex body at this juncture.

However, each day after, the CSA was treading a special path.

"We must respect both the ICC protocol and our own protocol choose which candidate to back," said CSA president Chris Nenzani during a statement.

"There are no candidates nominated so far and once such nominations are made the Board of CSA will take its decision in terms of its own protocol and provides the chairman the mandate to exercise his vote as an ICC Board Director accordingly."

A day before, Smith had said: "From our perspective, it might be great to ascertain a cricket man like Sourav Ganguly maybe stepping into the President's role of the ICC."

"I think which will be good for the game; i feel it'll be good for the fashionable game also . He understands it; he has played it at the very best level; he's respected; and his leadership are going to be key to us going forward," he added.