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‘Working as a team will be the key’

Sourav on wearing administrator’s hat from today
EXCLUSIVE
SAURAV GANGULY

Calcutta: Come Sunday and Sourav Ganguly, who earned kudos in plenty during much of his innings as the India captain, will begin wearing an administrator’s hat.

It could be the start of something special, as Sourav is determined to make a mark.

Many in the Board of Control for Cricket in India are now bound to take a wee bit more interest in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

That Sourav is set to become a joint secretary of the CAB was first reported in these columns, on June 22.

Sourav, who is currently in England on media duty, spoke to The Telegraph from London on Saturday afternoon.

Excerpts...

Thoughts on the eve of becoming an administrator...

It’s going to be something different, something new. I’ll do my best to take Bengal cricket forward.

If there’s a sense of excitement...

I’m thousands of miles away. Perhaps, there would have been some (excitement) had I been in Calcutta... Let’s say I’m looking forward to working with the other office-bearers. Together, hopefully, we’ll help improve cricket in Bengal. A start has already been made with the Vision 2020 project, under which Waqar Younis and Muttiah Muralidharan came to Calcutta this year. As they say, if you start well, then half the job is done.

Working under Jagmohan Dalmiya, among the most experienced of sports administrators in India...

Yes, Mr Dalmiya has loads of experience... Working as a team will be the key. I have quite a bit to look forward to. I know there will be expectations.

Pressure to deliver...

I’ve been used to pressure. In any case, pressure is what you make of it.

Former cricketers (like Anil Kumble) finding the experience of wearing an administrator’s hat to be sweet and sour...

In my case, time will tell. Please don’t try judging in advance. Everybody wants to put his best foot forward. The idea is to help the game.

Time factor...

As I’ve told you, I’ll give the time that’s demanded.

Do’s and don’ts for administrators...

(Laughs) There are certainly do’s and don’ts for captains! Look, those in decision-making positions should do what’s best. So, I will try and do what’s best for Bengal. The agenda is simple: Improve the game.

Role model administrator...

Haven’t thought about it.

First day in the CAB as joint secretary...

I’m scheduled to return home after the third Test, which is to end on July 31... It will, therefore, have to be in the first week of August.

Looking ahead, to the third Test, beginning on Sunday...

India could build on the Lord’s-driven momentum. Equally, England could bounce back. They were badly hurt at Lord’s, so they’ll be looking for revenge. I won’t be surprised if another greentop is presented.

Possibility of a change in the India XI...

Many are clamouring for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion, but I don’t see that happening. If there’s a change, then Rohit Sharma may come in for Stuart Binny. From the outside, that’s certainly a possibility.

Fear of complacency...

I don’t think we need be worried... All must be aware it’s a long (five-Test) series... In fact, I’d say it’s still pretty open.

Finally... Message to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men...

Play the same brand of cricket we saw at Lord’s, in the second Test... It has to be hard, intense cricket all over again.