The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 10 , 2017

CAB to seek advice from Lodha panel

Sourav Ganguly

Calcutta: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), at its emergent working committee meeting on Monday, decided to request a clarification from the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee on an issue that is stopping them from implementing the committee's recommendations in totality.

The association will ask the Justice Lodha committee whether an assistant secretary of the CAB would be considered as an office-bearer.

The matter concerns CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey, who has completed four years as a treasurer, four years as a joint-secretary and two years as the assistant secretary at the association. While that totals to 10 years, Dey has reasoned that an assistant secretary cannot be considered an office-bearer as the former is not an elected member. In the CAB, an assistant secretary is nominated and not elected.

After Monday's meeting, CAB's legal counsel Usha Nath Banerjee did the media briefing. "Those CAB members who have been disqualified as per Justice Lodha committee's recommendations, stand disqualified with immediate effect. With respect to the office of the assistant secretary, a clarification is to be sought from the Lodha committee. Whenever the clarification comes, it will be immediately effective," Banerjee said.

Dey, along with joint-secretary Subir Ganguly, had attended the informal meeting of cricket administrators in Bangalore under the leadership of former BCCI president Narayanswami Srinivasan.

Banerjee revealed that Dey was asked on Monday if he had made negative comments about the CAB at the Bangalore meeting of administrators. "During the course of the informal meeting in Bangalore, the honorary treasurer allegedly said that the CAB is instigating the Justice Lodha committee. But he has informed the members in no certain terms that he never said such a thing at the Bangalore meeting... That he has the highest respect for CAB," Banerjee said.

Meanwhile, the meeting also discussed about the upcoming India-England ODI to be played at the Eden on January 22. The denominations of tickets will be Rs 500, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500. Tickets will be distributed to the clubs on January 12-13, followed by the members on January 17-18.

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