CAB president Sourav Ganguly wants to take revenge
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee played her political whim after Jagmohan Dalmiya died on Monday evening, September 21. The legendary cricket administrator left a legacy which is indeed difficult to surpass. Since Dalmiya is no more, both the Cricket Association of Bengal and Board of Control for Cricket in India’s top most position are vacant.
Bargaining for BCCI’s president post started on Tuesday when Sharad Pawar, N. Srinivasan, Rajiv Shukla, Anurag Thakur- landed in Kolkata to pay their last respect to Dalmiya. A shaken Bengal has kept its voice quiet and did not raise the question, who will be next CAB president? There are people, especially the Sourav Ganguly aka dada fans who wasted no time to think in drawing room conversation that CAB joint secretary Sourav Ganguly is the right candidate to shoulder Dalmiya’s legacy. Ganguly, who is arguably the best Indian captain ever, is new in the sphere of cricket administration. He was brought by Dalmiya himself into the CAB’s administration system and made him the joint secretary along with Subir Ganguly. Did Dalmiya foresee the administrative talent of Sourav Ganguly? Maybe, maybe not.
Ganguly during his captaincy tenure with India team was guarded by the then BCCI president Dalmiya. So, Ganguly was always in Dalmiya’s mind. Nevertheless, Ganguly’s expertise did help Bengal Ranji team, that forced Dalmiya to bring Ganguly in the administrative system.
But, why is Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee so much interested in Sourav Ganguly, who was close to former left front CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee? Actually Mamata Banerjee did not want his ministers to get involved in CAB matters as the assembly elections are knocking at the door. So, she also played safe by announcing Sourav as the successor of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Sourav, without any doubt, is the most preferred candidate in CAB. There are a number of factions in CAB, the only man who can bring them in one table that is the proud son of Bengal Sourav Ganguly. Mamata Banerjee’s objective is not hard to understand. She wants to woo the Ganguly fan base, keeping the 2016 assembly elections in mind.
When Sourav met CM in Nabanna, the administrative headquarter of West Bengal, with Dalmiya’s son Abhishek the speculation about Sourav’s chances to become the CAB’s president congealed. But, when asked Ganguly said this was not the right time to talk about the CAB’s presidency. And then the development came on September 24, after Banerjee met Ganguly, along with the other CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly, treasurer Biswarup Dey and Dalmiya’s son Abhishek on Thursday. While Mamta Banerjee announced Sourav’s name as CAB president and Abhishek as the joint secretary.
A well-appreciated decision among all stakeholders as there is nobody of Sourav’s caliber in CAB. Call for the former cricketer on game’s administrative head, finally became a reality. The expectation will be high from the very first day of Sourav’s office as President.
Now, Ganguly fans will go gungho as among the many things, there is one thing that they would like to watch – before the bat and ball clash in IPL 2016, Shahrukh Khan has to request Sourav Ganguly for an appointment in order to hire the Eden Gardens. Khan has to go down to CAB president’s cabin, knock at the door and have to obey necessary formalities to take Eden as his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders’ home ground.
The cruel paradox of life is that that Shahrukh Khan, who sold Ganguly in auction terming him as old and unfit for his franchise KKR. As a result, Ganguly had to leave Kolkata to play for now-defunct Pune Warriors, now has to face Sourav and request for the stadium. Once, Ravi Shastri asked Sourav, why does Eden not have any stand in his name, then Sourav said the entire stadium belongs to him. So, it will be interesting how Sourav reacts when Shah Rukh will request for “his” Eden Gardens for the IPL9.
Back to Ganguly’s new job, the former legendary Indian cricketer has to sort out many things to develop cricket in Bengal. His every move will be tracked. He will have to start where Dalmiya left. Dalmiya made South Asia as the cricketing powerhouse. But, he failed to change the shabby look of Bengal cricket. So, CAB President Sourav Ganguly has to be wary about that. ICC World T20 final at Eden Gardens will be the first mega test of his administrative competence.
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