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Sourav wants Bengal to take part in Buchi Babu

Calcutta: If Saturday was about taking charge as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary for Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain left no stone unturned to ensure that he means business when he attended office on Monday afternoon.

Be it holding a series of meetings with CAB officials and coaches or chalking out the preparations leading up to the Ranji Trophy, Sourav held centre stage for close to three hours at Eden Gardens.

The new joint secretary is also likely to have a new chamber on the second floor of the Club House. He is unlikely to sit for long in the present chamber allocated for the joint secretary.

According to sources, he has earmarked one of the boxes, overlooking the Eden Gardens turf, which can be refurbished into his chamber. This will enable him to keep a watch on the on-field happenings from his seat.

Sourav will leave for London on Tuesday evening for his media commitments but has already made it clear that he wants the Bengal team to participate in the Buchi Babu meet. He also enquired whether the CAB could organise an invitation meet on such lines. He felt such meets would give the side good exposure.

Gautam Shome and Ranadeb Bose, assistant coaches at the Vision 2020, were also part of the discussions. Sourav made it clear that he wants a mixture of youth and experience at the Buchi Babu meet.

Besides seniors like Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Arindam Das and Veer Pratap Singh, Sourav wants juniors Kanishk Seth and Kazi Zunaid Saifi to be part of the side for the invitational meet in Chennai.

Coach Ashok Malhotra is unwell and so one of the assistant coaches will accompany the team. The pool of players from the Vision 2020 project will practise at the indoor facility from this month. It was learnt that Ranadeb, who had a coaching stint in Bangladesh, has proposed that the team plays a few practice matches with the Bangladesh national team in Dhaka.

A final decision will be taken once the modalities are worked out and Sourav returns from England next month.