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Good intention, wrong method

Calcutta: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), despite all its good intentions, is often criticised for its weird methods. Monday threw up one such example.

It wasn’t a bad idea on the CAB’s part to arrange a motivational session for the Bengal team in the lead-up to their crucial Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Railways. A group of former Bengal captains were supposed to speak to the players.

But while the former captains were there, none from the current team was present to hear them. With only the media as audience, the purpose of the session seemed defeated.

CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey, however, said that the players were not invited because it would have been too taxing on them. “The players had a lengthy training session today… Then there was a BCCI-organised counselling session on doping. So if we had invited them to the programme, it wouldn’t have been fair… They have a tough match coming up.”

The former captains — Shyam Sundar Mitra, Gopal Bose, Uday Bhanu Banerjee, Palash Nandi, Goutam Shome (Jr), PC Poddar, Raju Mukherji, Sambaran Banerjee, Pranab Nandy and Devang Gandhi — signed a bat, which will be presented to the team on Tuesday.

All of them wished the team good luck.