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Ganguly retires, older brother Snehasish becomes CAB president

Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has withdrawn from the race to become the next leader of the Cricket Association of Bengal, paving the way for his older brother Snehasish Ganguly to be uncontested at the upcoming AGM on October 31.

“I said I would only fight if there is an election,” Ganguly told reporters in Eden Gardens after choosing not to submit his papers for the post of president on the last nomination date. “There will be no elections, so it will be undisputed.”

After being replaced by Roger Binny as the BCCI president, Ganguly had announced last week that he would run in the upcoming elections at CAB, but has now decided to “step aside”.

“Had I been there, it would mean two or more people wouldn’t get messages. So I’ve been pushed aside,” Ganguly said. “I would have been elected unquestionedly, but I don’t think it’s right. Others wouldn’t have had the chance to work for this association. They’ll be working for these three years now and then we’ll see.”

Asked about his next innings, he said: “Let’s see. I’ve been free of responsibilities for a while and I’m happy about that.

“I have no rival in CAB, everyone here is my friend. There are new and experienced people here to run the show. I will be there too.”

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

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

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

“Now that we’re getting back to normal [after Covid-19] we make sure that cricket is a top priority, whether it’s for men, women or age groups,” he said.

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

“The lights have been upgraded to LED running on advanced DMX technology. New seating has begun. Repair and construction of new canopies are underway. We also have plans to upgrade the clubhouse.”

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