Sourav Ganguly

Newly-appointed Cricket Australia (CA) CEO, Nick Hockley was full of praise for BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. He said there is no one more caring or ‘passionate’ about the game than the former Indian skipper.

Both Hockley and Ganguly have been in close contact over the past year. During this period, the relationship between CA and the BCCI has gone through a few clamorous moments and some moments of commendable cooperation.

Talking about the upcoming historic Test between India and Australia women’s teams, Nick Hockley stated that the two governing bodies are on the same page concerning the future of the game.

“He’s just really great. He’s a good, down-to-earth guy. I’ll tell you what, there’s no one that’s more passionate about the game. And he’s just been an absolute pleasure to deal with. We have been dealing with him recently because we have the Indian women’s team coming out here for a Test match,” he said on Grade Cricketer’s podcast.

“I know they are really excited about it, it’s a big moment for them. I have found them to be very relatable, very human. We have all worked together in a way where everyone understands that we’ve got to keep cricket going,” he added.

Hockley, who replaced Kevin Roberts as CA’s CEO last year, held the post in an interim capacity before being permanently appointed last week. His tenure, so far, amid the pandemic, has impressed fans and fraternity.

Speaking on his relationship with the Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI, he said that the Indian board has been “just brilliant” to deal with. He also spoke about how the BCCI has operated during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India.

“My relationship with the BCCI, I think, has been unique to COVID-19. Normally, there might be a week or two goes by with an exchange of correspondence. We have literally been on Zoom three times a day for twelve months and now it all happens on WhatsApp. We all had to work so much closer together that we all got to know each other very well.

“Tell you what, I really feel for them at the moment, my goodness, with the postponement of the IPL. I mean everyone we speak to has lost friends or family. It’s pretty devastating what’s going on over there and we are just thinking about all our mates over there,” Hockley asserted.

With the second leg of IPL 2021 likely to be held in the September-October window later this year, reports have emerged that the Australian players might not return for the UAE leg of the tournament. However, Hockley said that the discussions are going on about the matter.

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