Kolkata: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly began a new innings as a cricket administrator with his unanimous election to the joint secretary's post at the Cricket Association of Bengal's 83rd Annual General Meeting here yesterday.
Ganguly follows in the footsteps of his illustrious contemporaries like Javagal Srinath, and Anil Kumble. Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was also unanimously re-elected as CAB president, welcomed Ganguly: "When I was the BCCI president, he was the captain. As a team we did well. I hope this team will again do a great job."
Ganguly's election after his nomination by CAB affiliate club Barisha Sporting, however, was a foregone conclusion with there being no challenger to his candidacy.
There had been consistent speculation over the past four-five years of Ganguly entering the CAB administration in a big way. But every time the build-up ended in an anti-climax.
However, with Dalmiya — now all of 74 years old — ageing, cricketing circles feel Ganguly's anointment as CAB joint secretary could usher in a new age in the CAB in the coming years.