After the sad demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya serving as president of CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal), the position is now replaced by Saurav Ganguly (Dada). The announcement was made by West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee thereby ending the suspense of who will take over the association.
Mamta Banerjee made this announcement in presence of other senior officials of CAB. Another major development during the event was, Dalmiya’s son Avishek was introduced as joint secretary, he will share this position with current joint secretary Subir Ganguly, while Biswarup Dey will continue as a treasurer.
According to Indian Express, Sourav Ganguly met Chief Minister and received her support, for the position of CAB president. 43 year old Ganguly becomes the youngest president of the state cricket association.
Sourav Ganguly in his early address said “I am not substitute of what we have recently lost and have lots of tasks to be completed. I am thankful to all my colleagues for supporting me. I take this as a challenge and will try to do my best for the Bengal Cricket”. In his address Dada also welcomed junior Dalmiya in the sports administrative wing.
According to the constitution of CAB, the association was suppose to call a meeting with working committee with a 3 day notice, to decide the date of Special General Meeting (SGM), which again requires 14-days notice, in order to hold the SGM and getting done with the other formalities.
The same constitution allots 60-days to complete the whole process. However, according to Gautam Dasgupta – who is chairmen of board of trustees ‘sooner the better’.
Gautam Dasgupta being a senior most member of CAB was among the potentials of those is expected to succeed Dalmiya. He joined CAB back in 1977. Irrespective of the fact Dasgupta has supported Ganguly’s appointment on the president’s chair.
All the members of CAB has welcomed the decision, also confirmed that it was a collective decision of the board.