The baton of Bengal cricket administration is poised for a generational shift on Thursday, with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly all set to take over as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal — a week after a rained out T20 International at the Eden Gardens has seemingly taken some shine off the big change.
While Ganguly replaces the departed Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Special General Meeting on the morrow would also see the formal entry of the late cricket czar’s son Avishek into cricket administration, completing the change of guard.
Dalmiya junior would be the association’s new joint secretary, a post held by Ganguly since July last year. Subir Ganguly is likely to continue as the other joint secretary and Biswarup Dey as the treasurer.
While the talismanic ex-player would be the first Test cricketer to head the cash-rich CAB, Dalmiya’s stint is also likely to be watched with keen interest – with sporting circles likely to draw constant parallelis with his famous father.
But it is Ganguly who would be under constant scrutiny. During the twilight of his playing career, Ganguly was told by a journalist that he was under the scanner. He promptly replied: “I’m always under the scanner, mate”. There are indications that the coming days would be no exception.
The cancellation of the October 8 T20 game between India and South Africa without a ball being bowled has not only come in as a reality check for Ganguly, but also provided him an inkling about the challenges he could be up against, particularly in the wake of allegations of “sabotage”, “inefficiency and “negligence” that has been levelled against a section of the CAB for the fiasco.
On Thursday last, even eight hours were not enough to dry the ground after less than 30 minutes of rains measuring 14.2 millimetre. The consequence was an abandonment, which left heartbroken a 25,0000 crowd that assembled despite the dead rubber.