Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will go down in the history as one of the most prolific cricketers and leader India has ever produced. However, the dada of Indian cricket is not a person to shy away from responsibilities. He after retiring from cricket in 2008 has become a commentator and later was brought in the administrative sphere of cricket by late Jagmohan Dalmiya. He started his career as a Cricket Association of Bengal joint secretary.
Ganguly’s inclusion in cricket administration is one of the best thing has happened in cricket ever. As cricket, this day takes back seat to politics. So, in the hand of a former cricketer, a revolution has started in cricket in Bengal.
Here are the five things Ganguly has achieved during his administrative career so far
1)Converged the divided football support of Bengal for Atletico de Kolkata
Sourav Ganguly has brought divided football fans of Bengal in one platform. In Bengal, people frantically support Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. It is not an easy task. But he utilised his charisma. As Ganguly, who is popularly known as Dada in Bengal followed by both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan fans. So fans filled the Salt Lake Stadium whenever ATK take on their opponents in the Indian Super League matches. Ganguly is co-owner of ATK along with Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh and Spanish La Liga side Atletico de Madrid.
2)Left commentary and chose BCCI’s Technical Committee chairmanship
In the BCCI’s Annual General Committee meeting, Ganguly was asked to choose between commentary and Technical Committee chairman job. Ganguly went for the latter over the glamorous role of commentary. He grabbed the job of developing cricket in India. Ganguly with international experience just started his journey in BCCI as technical committee director. He also becomes the chairman of National Cricket Club recently.
The job of advisory committee will be observed when India will decide about coach after the World T20 2016.
3) President of CAB
Ganguly has been elected President of Bengal Cricket Associations unanimously after veteran Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away as the President of CAB. Ganguly virtually inherited Dalmiya as he was brought in the administration by the great cricket administrator himself. It was indeed an achievement for Ganguly to become CAB president. Literally, the future of Bengal cricket is now depend on Ganguly.
Ganguly has to expand the talent pool of Bengal cricket team by installing a mechanism to spot talent from district cricket as well. As of now cricketers only come from Kolkata and suburban area.
However, Ganguly has bagged IDBI Federal Life Insurance as Bengal’s title sponsor for the two seasons. The Bank company is paying 1 crore each.
“This organisation has given me so much, I grew here as a young cricketer, so it’s our job to guide other young cricketers to get the right opportunity, I can’t bat for them but still I will make sure I give them all facilities.”- said Ganguly.
4)Inspiring a demoralized young generation of Bengal
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee asked Ganguly to host a Business Reality show –Egie Bangla (Bangle leads) to promote entrepreneurship in the bankrupt state. The interesting part is that it is the first time a business reality show promoted by the state government in India.
“Sourav is the biggest brand of the state and a youth icon. And interestingly, he is not just a cricketer, he is an entrepreneur as well. He is the mentor and anchor for this program. We think he will be successful in making our show popular as well.” said Rajiv Sinha, Principal Secretary of the MSME Department, West Bengal.
5)Launching vision 2020
When Dalmiya brought Ganguly in the administrative fold the latter laid out a plan for the development of Bengal cricket. He used his own rapport as he brought Pakistan bowling legend Waqar Younis, Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to polish young bowling talents and VVS Laxman for young batsmen.
”We want to help players in Bengal. I realise the need of having the expertise to take Bengal players ahead. These youngsters need special guidance and we can’t have better persons than Waqar and Murali.” Murali has already found a protégé in Amir Gani, who is astounded in the Ranji Trophy.
In the first phase of the camp at the Jadavpur University campus in Salt Lake, they shortlisted players from a pool of 200 bowlers picked from 97 clubs. The programme looks poised to be a bedrock of emerging talent in the state.