Ganguly rubbishes talk of wanting to succeed Dalmiya as CAB president

Kolkata, Sept.23 (ANI): Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday rubbished rumours of him taking over as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president following the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

He told media here that it was not a good idea to discuss about someone’s replacement just two days after he had been cremated. The rumour was in circulation in the wake of Ganguly going to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“To discuss about somebody’s replacement just two days after he has been cremated is not the best thing,”

The 43-year-old further said that as far as he was concerned, anyone can run the board, but added that for him personally , Dalmiya the person held much more importance.

“Yes, it is early. All I can say is I have lost someone who was very dear to me. I have grown in front of him. My relationship with Mr. Dalmiya is personal, and at the end of the day, anybody can run CAB and anyone can run board, but for me, he is more important, so that is what it is at the moment,”he addded.

Dalmiya had passed away at the age of 75 at the B M Birla hospital after suffering from a heart attack on September 20.

He joined the BCCI in 1979 and became its treasurer in 1983. He played a key role in securing rights to stage the World Cups in South Asia in 1987 and 1996.

Dalmiya was expelled from the board in 2005 following allegations of misappropriation of funds and refusing to provide certain documents.

In July 2007, Dalmiya contested and won Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) elections after the Calcutta High Court dismissed charges against him.

On March 2, 2015, Dalmiya returned as BCCI president after a 10-year gap replacing N. Srinivasan. (ANI)

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