Ganguly backs out, elder brother Snehasish set to become CAB president

Prabir Chakraborty and Debabrata Das to continue their second term as treasurer and joint-secretary

Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has pulled out of the race to become the Cricket Association of Bengal’s next chief, paving the way for his elder brother Snehasish Ganguly to be elected uncontested at its upcoming AGM on October 31.

“I had said that I would contest only if there’s election,” Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens after he chose not to file his papers for the president’s post on the last date of nomination. “There’s not going to be any election, so it will be uncontested.”

After having been replaced by Roger Binny as the BCCI president, Ganguly had announced last week that he would contest the upcoming elections at CAB, but has now decided to “move aside.”

“Had I been there, it would have meant two or more people would not get any posts. So, I’ve moved aside,” Ganguly said. “I would have been elected uncontested, but I don’t think it’s right. Others would not have got the opportunity to work for this association. They will be working for these three years now and we will see after that.”

Asked about his next innings, he said: “Let’s see. I’m free of responsibilities for some time now and I’m happy about it.

“I’ve no rival in CAB, everyone is my friend here. There are new and experienced people here to run the show. I’ll also be around.”

Snehasish, who was the secretary under Avishek Dalmiya, will now run the association, while Amalendu Biswas, who is the father of Students Federation of India (SFI) leader Mayukh, will be appointed as the vice-president.

Naresh Ojha will be the secretary, while Prabir Chakraborty and Debabrata Das will continue their second term as the treasurer and the joint-secretary respectively.

Snehasish said his priority would be to take Bengal cricket to the “next level”.

“Now that we are coming back to normal [after Covid-19] we are making sure cricket gets highest priority be it men’s or women’s or age group cricket,” he said.

He also said the CAB has already started preparations for the ODI World Cup next year.

“The lights have been upgraded to LED operating on advanced DMX technology. The setting up of new seats is on. Repair and construction of new canopies is underway. We also have plans of upgrading the club house.”

Edited PTI copy