Calcutta: Sourav Ganguly has a new responsibility in Bengal cricket. On Friday, the former India captain was named the chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal’s coaching committee.
Now if you are confused and you are trying hard to remember if Sourav already had a similar job, your are correct. Sourav was chosen the chairman of the cricket development committee a few seasons back. But since then, that committee, also comprising of former India players like Ashok Malhotra and Arun Lal, didn’t contribute much.
Availability of all the members together was always an issue for the high-profile committee. As a result, the CAB, at its working committee meeting on Friday, decided to do away with the development committee. Instead, Sourav has been put into the coaching committee, which also has Hironmoy Chatterjee, Samir Dasgupta, Debabrata Das and Rupnath Roy Chowdhury as its members.
There’s a difference in the name, but the job remains more or less the same. “Given Sourav’s experience, we will always need his advice… This time, we hope he will be able to play a more active role… We will also expect suggestions from him to improve different aspects of the senior Bengal team,” a top official said. So though it’s the coaching committee, the idea remains that of overall development.
In another interesting development, Samar Pal, better known as an anti-Dalmiya face in the CAB, has been made the chairman of the cricket committee. That may seem surprising, but then Dalmiya’s masterstrokes have always been so. However, that he still has some moves up his sleeves is definitely surprising.