Kolkata: December 31, 2013
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he was looking forward to a ‘new role’ in 2014, but declined to comment on speculation about a new innings in politics. The former India captain, who has been made an offer by the BJP to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, said that politics was a sensitive topic.
“I don’t want to talk about politics on TV. I want to explore a new role … But it depends on getting selected. It also depends on others,” Ganguly said. ”I don’t believe in magic. My life is very simple, associated with sports and routine work. It won’t be any different next year,” he said.
Asked whether he would like to get into cricket administration through the Cricket Association of Bengal, Ganguly said: “That also will depend on others…”
“July is a long way to go,” he said referring to CAB’s annual general meeting and elections in July end. I would like to return to cricket in any role. It would be quite satisfying. You will have to wait and see.
“There’s nothing more to remember beyond cricket. It has stopped becoming eventful since the day I stopped playing cricket. I just moved on with life.”
Giving the example of Indian tennis ace Leander Paes, Ganguly rued about his retirement and said he had played a sport where the future was determined by selectors.
“Unlike Leander, in cricket your career depends on somebody else’s whims and fancies.”
Ganguly, however, said a firm no to films. “Definitely no to films, I’m not sure about how competent I am … I never thought about films.” Asked about his new year resolution, he said, “It depends how much I am associated with the sport. Sports gives me the biggest satisfaction in life.”
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