Former Indian captain and Bengal’s cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly will have a stand at the historic Eden Gardens named after him. With the army giving the go-ahead, the decks have been cleared for naming six Eden Gardens stands after eminent personalities involved with the game in the state including Sourav Ganguly and late cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya, a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official said on Thursday.
Four others stands will be christened after ex-cricketer Pankaj Roy and former CAB presidents BN Dutt, AN Ghosh and Snehasnshu Acharya. Disclosing this, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly said, “We received the permission from the defence authorities today [Thursday]. We will complete the work as early as possible”.
Last year, in the CAB working committee meeting, the proposal had been passed. But permission from the army was necessary before any such decision can be executed as the army is the custodian of the Maidan, where the stadium is situated.
Ganguly is being leaned to be the next BCCI president, but has said that he has not thought of what future holds for him. “I have not thought about anything. We will see what needs to be done,” said Ganguly. The former India captain also dismissed reports that he has resigned from the CAB President’s post. “I have not done so,” he replied curtly, when asked whether he has quit CAB chief’s post.
But the Lodha Committee had mentioned that Ganguly is not eligible to be BCCI president as he has not gone through the 3-year cooling off period. If an individual has been an existing office bearer in a State/Member Association for 2 years, is he eligible to contest for the next elections without the 3 year cooling off period applying to him? If yes, what will be the term of his office?
Ganguly played cricket for India from 1992 to 2008 in which he took part in 113 Tests and 311 One-Day Internationals (ODI). While he scored 7212 runs in Tests, he also notched 11363 runs in the 50-over format.