LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR Ku­dos to Gan­guly for agree­ing to take charge of In­dian cricket board

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I write to you in ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle Sourav Gan­guly set to be­come In­dia cricket chief, says first-class crick­eters his pri­or­ity (Oc­to­ber 14): Gan­guly seems to be the type of per­son who em­braces chal­lenges. In 2000, he was ap­pointed cap­tain of an In­dian team that was rud­der­less and de­flated by re­cent fail­ures. It took him just one year to turn its for­tunes around, mak­ing it one of the world’s best sides, and he did it by in­spir­ing his fel­low se­niors and ush­er­ing in a new gen­er­a­tion of tal­ented play­ers. Eleven years af­ter he re­tired from in­ter­na­tional cricket, the for­mer bats­man is set to be­come pres­i­dent of the BCCI, the body that runs In­dian cricket. He takes up the po­si­tion at a time when it is strug­gling with ad­min­is­tra­tive prob­lems and al­le­ga­tions of nepo­tism. It will be Gan­guly’s big­gest chal­lenge yet as he takes on the task of re­form­ing what is a mas­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion that is set in its ways and has for long been gov­erned by spe­cial in­ter­ests. So whether he suc­ceeds in his role or not, he should be ap­plauded for his de­ci­sion to take the job.

K Ra­ga­van, Ben­galuru

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