Sourav Ganguly on course to be re-elected as CAB president unopposed

Sankha Ghosh / 10 July 2016
Sourav Ganguly on course to be re-elected as CAB president

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is expected to face not that much opposition at the 85th Annual General Meeting of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on July 31 as he is all set to retain his president’s position without many hiccups.

While there are a few in the CAB, who are against Ganguly, but with the support of the ruling Trinamool Congress government at the power, it is now a distant idea that anyone would dare to file nomination to contest the presidential election against Indian cricket’s one of the most charismatic captain.

While there are some alliance who would like to challenge current joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya, who was directly nominated to the executive post of the association by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, it can also be regarded a long shot.

“In CAB, two weeks is a long long time. The last date of filing nomination is July 23 and any member can withdraw on the floor. So it is a very fluid situation at the moment. Even if anyone wishes to contest against Avishek, a couple of phone calls from ruling dispensation can change the picture completely. So no one should speculate anything right now,” a senior CAB official reacted on Saturday.

Ganguly’s tenure as president has seen CAB organizing two marquee matches in World T20 — India versus Pakistan and the final.

The association also enjoyed huge profits for the first time.

The former Indian captain who also played a key role in hosting country’s first ever pink ball day-night four-day match and it has also earned him a lot of praise.

Treasurer Biswarup Dey, despite being the face of opposition, the lawyer turned cricket administrator decided to be diplomatic.

“Let me be very clear, I’m not an opposition. CAB is a team and they will decide whether there would be any election,” Dey told reporters.

The annual awards will be held on July 22.