Published On: Thu, Sep 24th, 2015

Sourav Ganguly appointed President of Cricket Association of Bengal

New Delhi: Former Indian Captian Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the next President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that the association’s senior officials of the CAB had taken the decision to make Ganguly its President.

“In this crisis period, someone has to take Dalmiya’s legacy forward. I feel Sourav is the right man,” Banerjee said.

She added, “Sourav has been an Indian cricket team captain, now let him lead Bengal cricket. Make no mistake that I am not making a decision for CAB, it is my way of supporting cricket, which is not my cup of tea.”

He will replace Jagmohan Dalmiya, who died on Sunday, and whose son Abhishek Dalmiya will succeed Ganguly as joint secretary.

Ganguly had met West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, on Wednesday. He was quoted saying: “I am thankful to my colleagues for giving me this responsibility. If the 117 members agree, I will take over the responsibility, will try and do the best.

However, it will have to be officially approved by the CAB governing body but after the Chief Minister blessings, the approval should be a formality.

Ganguly has been Joint Secretary of the CAB from July 2014. He has been involved in several administative roles in the Board including being a member of the three-man cricket advisory committee along with Sachin Tendulkar and V V S Laxman and also is a part of the IPL Governing Council.

His elevation to the CAB chief also queers the pitch in the race to fill the BCCI president’s position, which held by Dalmiya.

Ganguly will have two votes in the East Zone – those of the CAB and the National Cricket Club – and could become a lightning-rod for the other zonal associations, who had earlier gravitated to Dalmiya. If that happens, it will make him a more powerful player in BCCI politics.

TST

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