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Sourav Ganguly backs out, elder brother Snehasish set to lead Cricket Association of Bengal

Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday pulled out of the race to become the Cricket Association of Bengal's next chief.

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Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday pulled out of the race to become the Cricket Association of Bengal's next chief, paving the way for his elder brother Snehasish to be elected uncontested at its upcoming AGM on October 31.

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"I had said that I would contest only if there's an election. There's not going to be any election, so it will be uncontested," Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens after he chose not to file his papers for the president's post on the last date of nomination.

"Had I been there, it would have meant two or more people would not get any posts. So, I've moved aside," Ganguly said.

"I would have been elected uncontested, but I don't think it's right. Others would not have got the opportunity to work for this association. They will be working for these three years now and we will see after that."

Asked about his next innings, he said: "Let's see. I'm free of responsibilities for some time now and I'm happy about it. "I've no rival in CAB, everyone is my friend here. There are new and experienced people here to run the show. I'll also be around," he added before leaving Eden.

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

Naresh Ojha will occupy the secretary's chair. Moreover, Prabir Chakraborty and Debabrata Das will continue their second term as the treasurer and the joint secretary respectively.

"CAB has already started preparations for the ODI World Cup next year": Snehasish Ganguly

Snehasish said his priority would be to take Bengal cricket to the "next level".

"Now that we are coming back to normal (after COVID-19) we are making sure cricket gets the highest priority to be it men's or women's or age group cricket," he said.

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He further said the CAB has already started preparations for the ODI World Cup next year.

"The lights have been upgraded to LED operating on advanced DMX technology. The setting up of new seats is on. Repair and construction of new canopies are underway. We also have plans of upgrading the club house."

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