Kolkata, Sep 24 (IANS) Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly will take over as Cricket Association of Bengal’s new presidentto fill the void left by death of seasoned administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here on Thursday.
“The CAB bigwigs have decided that now Sourav Ganguly will take over as the association’s president,” Banerjee said after a meeting with office-bearers and senior members of the cash-rich body at the state secretariat Nabanna.
She said Dalmiya’s son Abhishek will become the new CAB joint secretary, a post so far held by Ganguly.
The meeting, held four days after Damiya’s death, was attended among others by Ganguly, Abhishek, the other CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly and treasurer Biswarup Dey, besides ministers Arup Biswas and Subrata Mukerjee – both members of its working committee.
In a bid to stave off criticism of political interference in the affairs of the CAB, Banerjee said the decisions were taken by the CAB members. “My only request to them is to work as a united family in this moment of crisis and together carry forward Jaguda’s work for the benefit of Bengal cricket.”
“I have not taken the decisions. It is not my world, though I love sports. We are with them in their crisis as colleagues, friends.”
Asked whether the state government had a role in the decisions, Banerjee said: “Don’t put such questions. I don’t want a controversy. I am nobody. It is they who have decided to be together in this crisis. They are all cricket lovers. I only communicated their decisions.”
Praising Ganguly, she said: “He was the Indian cricket team captain. If a captain gets to work as an administrator, that’s not bad. We have all seen how good Jaguda was as an administrator. I think all of them are good administrators.”