Rights group seeks ICC, BCCI intervention over Mamata’s interference in CAB

Kolkata, Sep 29 (IANS) Protesting against “interference” by the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government in the affairs of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), a city-based rights group on Tuesday said it will seek the intervention of the Indian cricket board and the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the matter.

Chief minister Banerjee on September 24 announced that former India captain Sourav Ganguly will take over as CAB’s new president succeeding the late administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya.

She also named the late BCCI chief’s son Abhishek as the new CAB joint secretary, a post held by Ganguly.

The Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) during the day held a black flag protest outside CAB and would be writing to the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and ICC CEO Dave Richardson seeking their intervention into the matter.

“This government is trying to run the CAB from the state secretariat. They way Ganguly and Abhishek have been imposed on the CAB is undemocratic. This government keeps on interfering and the day is not far when there will no autonomous bodies in the state,” APDR secretary Ranjit Sur said.

“We are writing to both the BCCI and the ICC seeking their intervention in the matter. We will also raise the matter with Governor K.N. Tripathi,” added Sur.

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