BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is happy to get the band together again. After Rahul Dravid took charge as the Team India head coach, VVS Laxman agreed to take over National Cricket Academy (NCA), India cricket came back to a cycle barring Sachin Tendulkar. Ganguly felt India cricket is now in safe hands with Rahul and Laxman working together.
Ganguly, who as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president had roped in Laxman as the head of state unit’s pilot project ‘Vision 2020’, knew his ability to work with junior players.
“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,” Sourav Ganguly told PTI.
Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman formed a strong middle order in the Indian team when they played together from 1996 to 2008. The BCCI top boss said ‘touch artist’ Laxman’s stature in Indian cricket is above question. How difficult was it to convince both Dravid and Laxman for their respective roles?
“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,” Sourav Ganguly said.
Laxman as NCA head according to Ganguly will make a difference because he is a fantastic human being who has a certain stature 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,” Sourav Ganguly added.
Laxman has sacrificed financially to take up this job The BCCI president said that Laxman has actually given up his IPL mentorship contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad and also
lucrative commentary deal and his columns for various organisations to serve Indian cricket.
“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,” VVS Laxman’s one-time India teammate said. “It’s not easy unless you are so devoted to Indian cricket,” he added.