Sourav Ganguly was interviewed by the ANI after the successful completion of VIVO IPL 2020 auction on 19 Dec, 2019. The BCCI president, who has been in the thick scheme of things since assuming the office, was presented the same question of Dhoni’s retirement.
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World’s anxiety and Media’s perseverance making it difficult for the office bearers of BCCI to answer the same question over and over again. Ganguly, who previously said that the things are very clear and will be revealed after selectors and MS both take a mutual call regarding the career of the Wicket keeper batsman, now reiterated the same.
“It is up to him, with so much of experience, I am sure he knows what’s best for him,” Ganguly said.
This is what Ganguly had previously said, “Being an iconic cricketer for years and most successful limited over captain of Indian team, his decisions must be respected,”
“We will leave it at that. Somebody of that stature of MS Dhoni any respect. The BCCI can’t be thankful enough for what he has done to Indian cricket. I have always said it’s on MS Dhoni at the moment. It’s on MS Dhoni. We will address that as and when it comes. Things should remain in closed doors, especially when it comes to dealing with legendary names,”
“Yes (I have spoken to him since taking over as BCCI president). We are in touch. We speak to Virat Kohli as well. We speak to the selectors. That’s where it lies at the moment,”
The BCCI President was also questioned about the India and Pakistan’s bilateral cricketing ties to which Ganguly said, “It is a government decision, playing Pakistan depends on the government,” clearing that only government will decide about such matters.
Sourav Ganguly also praised the IPL for its brand value and its contribution in bringing out raw talents out of the small cities at the world stage. He said, “It’s a huge platform for everyone, be it seniors or juniors. It is the biggest league in the world, every stadium is jam-packed. It has become its own brand, cricket has taken over. You can see that cricket has become so exciting and in the end, the tournament will remain.”