Sourav Ganguly appointed Cricket Association of Bengal chief

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Sourav Ganguly appointed Cricket Association of Bengal chief

Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday thanked the Cricket Association of Bengal members after taking over as its next president.

“I am thankful to my colleagues and 117 members for giving me this responsibility. If the 117 members agree, I will take over the responsibility. Everything in life is new and a challenge and you just need to keep working every day,” Ganguly told media here.

Ganguly was on Thursday named as the next President of Cricket Association of Bengal  after receiving the backing of the West Bengal Government.Addressing a press conference here before Ganguly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, speaking in Bengali, said “Ganguly will decide the  association’s line-up now.”

To dispel any doubts that she had created pressure on CAB officials to accept Ganguly as a president, the West Bengal chief minister 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.”

Before taking over as CAB president, Ganguly was serving as the joint secretary of CAB. He has served in this role for the past 14 months.The post of CAB president was made vacant after Jagmohan Dalmiya’s death on September 20.

Jagmohan Dalmiya was like a jewel in world cricket and it’s an emotional moment for all of us that his son Abhishek is becoming the new joint secretary. Till Dalmiya was alive, he didn’t bring his son to cricket arena but we all together coaxed him to come in. We all believe that Dalmiya’s soul would be happy to see this.”

“The way our CM brought all of us together in this crisis, it’s a great sign for Bengal cricket. She also wanted to have a Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Cricket Academy. She wants it to be the best in the country and he will speak to us about it in the coming days. Personally I’m overwhelmed the way she has brought all of us together,” Dey tried to put up a brave front despite his morale being totally crushed.

Another joint secretary Subir Ganguly said, “We all are really happy and more so because we could bring Abhishek to the cab cricket administration.”

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