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Dinda: Award inspirational

Calcutta: Staging an annual awards function barely 24 hours prior to an AGM isn’t something very common for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

But with the official announcement of Sourav Ganguly’s appointment as the joint secretary of the CAB being the only talking point of an otherwise uneventful AGM to be held on Sunday, hosting the awards function on Saturday wasn’t really a problem.

Former India captain Gundappa Viswanath graced the function as the chief guest, with legendary footballer Chuni Goswami and Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president Amitabh Choudhary being among the special invitees.

As for the awardees, pacer Ashok Dinda was adjudged Cricketer of the Year for being Bengal’s highest wicket-taker in last season’s Ranji Trophy, while Wriddhiman Saha was named Gentleman Cricketer of the Year. Captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla was awarded the P.M. Ghosh Memorial Challenge Trophy for being Bengal’s highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy.

Among the women, Priyanka Roy was adjudged the best senior cricketer.

“Such an award always inspires to excel further. That said, I would’ve been happier had we won the Ranji Trophy (last season),” Dinda said.

Former Bengal leg-spinner Soumendra Nath Kundu was given the Lifteime Achievement Award. “It was really an honour to take the award from a legend like Viswanath, with whom I had played at the Eden,” he said.