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Sourav Ganguly offers new plans to make Bengal cricket more attractive

His creative mind and experimental approach are still as sharp as before when he was the captain of the Indian cricket team. Sourav Ganguly, sitting on the secretary’s chair at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is every day trying to design plans. The only purpose is to bring competitiveness and restyle Bengal cricket in a manner so that it becomes more attractive.

On Thursday, Ganguly, adjudged one of the all-time greatest captains in the history of Indian cricket team, had a meeting with all 37 clubs those participate in the first division CAB league. And while meeting with their representatives, Ganguly placed another interesting proposal on the discussion table. It was that CAB will give a financial grant to the First division clubs according to their performance in the CAB First division league. And the amount of the grant will vary according to this performance. All the First division clubs which take part in the CAB league are given an almost same amount of financial grant by the association every season. But the present CAB secretary wants the First division clubs get their financial grant according to their performance in the league. 

Ganguly, while explaining the reason behind his plans to the club representatives in his Thursday’s meeting, has said that this plan might bring more competitiveness as well as the attraction in the First division league as the clubs will try their best to achieve the highest amount of financial grant. Naturally there will be a sharp competition among the clubs. Along with this, Ganguly has also proposed the change of format in the First division league from next season where 37 teams will be participating in a three-stage format. According to Ganguly, the top 12 teams in the First Division league will play in Group A. While the second 12 teams will be scheduled to play in the Group B and the last ranked 13 teams will represent the Group C.

One of the club representatives, speaking about the financial grant issue, told on condition of anonymity on Thursday, “If Ganguly’s plans are executed finally then it should be called incentives for the clubs rather than grant. But no doubt, the proposal is interesting.”

In the meantime, newly appointed Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule has been using bowling machine for the batsmen. With a notion that, concrete pitch at the Pankaj Gupta Indoor Stadium might cause injury to the fast bowlers, Bahutule has asked his bowlers to do fitness training only at the Eden gardens.

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