Dalmiya remains the undisputed President of CAB

Jagmohan Dalmiya will be serving as CAB President for the fourth consecutive year Getty Images

Kolkata: Jul 27, 2011

Former ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya remained the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) uncontested at the 80th Annual General Meeting of Cricket Association of Bengal.

Having witnessed some bitter battle in the past, CAB witnessed a lacklustre AGM with 101 out of 121 affiliated units turning up for the annual business.

There was no star attraction as Sourav Ganguly, busy with his commentary stint in India’s tour of England, had to skip the meeting.

Once the AGM was over, Dalmiya addressed the media.

“All office-bearers were elected unanimously,” he said sporting a smile.

The 71-year-old cricket administrator, who has spent about three decades at the helm of different international and national cricket organisations, further said this was a landmark AGM for any association.

Dalmiya, who had a difficult last term when India’s only World Cup match shifted out of Eden Gardens because of lack of preparation, said it’s time to look ahead.

“We have to leave it behind. There is a lot of cricket — about 18 to 20 days — coming up. I am sure that will bring us back into the limelight,” Dalmiya said referring to the Champions League T20 and the upcoming England series in which the city will host an ODI and a T20.

Asked whether he set his sights on getting back into the BCCI’s fold, Dalmiya said, “Only time will show… It’s not the questioned that should be discussed here.”

About how to utilise Sourav Ganguly’s services, Dalmiya gave a standard non-commital response.

“He is most welcome as we had earlier kept him in cricket development committee. But he is busy with so many things that it should not be fair for me to ask him to be a part of activities here. It’s up to him to decide when he is ready to come into full-time cricket administration. We want him here.”

In the recently concluded season, CAB had to face the wrath from premier clubs like Mohun Bagan for a rain-affected season that forced the two-day league to be shifted to Chennai, while the T20 championship for the P Sen trophy also couldn’t be held, due to monsoon.

Bad weather meant that the spin of coin crowned East Bengal champions against bitter rivals Mohun Bagan as the senior knock-out championship was affected by the rain.

Concerned, Dalmiya said they want to plan the upcoming season with a proper calendar. For Dalmiya, this will be his fourth consecutive year at CAB helm after returning to the post with a convincing win over incumbent Prasun Mukherjee in 2008 elections.

In 2006, the CAB AGM was a high-voltage affair with Dalmiya and Mukherjee – then Commissioner of Kolkata Police – locking horns that saw the latter having the support of then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee and the BCCI President Sharad Pawar.

But Dalmiya pipped Mukherjee to the post by five votes. In an otherwise insipid affair, the meeting saw a few objections raised by some of the members, while Mohun Bagan’s Srinjoy Bose blamed Dalmiya for “playing politics of vote”.

To this query Dalmiya panel’s joint secretary Biswarup Dey said, “He (Bose) is part of the working committee. I would request him to raise this point there.”

Incidentally, Ganguly too is a part of the working committee.

Another club objected for CAB’s “written off” proposal of TDS arguing that it had to be adjusted. There was another objection on CAB’s demand of submission of all the identity proof related documents for the memebers.

“This was done last year also. Why again are they asking for the same?” a member asked.

Office Bearers

President: Jagmohan Dalmiya (Rajasthan Club); Vice-Presidents: Shibaji Banerjee (Calcutta Port Trust), Ranjit Roy (Paikpara SC), Shivaji Roy (Sporting Union), Rathindra Nath Sarkar (S 24Pgs DSA); Joint-Secretaries: Biswarup Dey (Central Calcutta SC) and Sujan Mukherjee (Calcutta Customs); Treasurer: Subir Ganguly (Aikya Sammilani).