Snehasish Ganguly takes over as CAB president, extends olive branch to Wriddhiman Saha | Cricket News


KOLKATA: Newly elected Cricket Association of Bengal president Snehasish Ganguly on Monday extended an olive branch to Wriddhiman Saha who left his homeland and joined Tripura on a bitter note.
The veteran Indian Test wicket-keeper left Bengal after a stint with a CAB official after making himself “unavailable” for the state team when he learned he was no longer on the national radar.
Wriddhiman later joined Tripura as a mentor-cum-player, ending a 15-year association with CAB.
Taking over from Avishek Dalmiya as the CAB president, Snehasish said they still share a “friendly relationship” as he hopes the 38-year-old veteran returns to his homeland.
“Wriddhi is Bengal’s pride. From Bengal, only Sourav (113) and Pankaj Roy (43) have played more Test matches than him. He has given a lot to Bengal and he has a lot more to give,” Snehasish said after unanimously elected as CAB president in its 91st annual general meeting here.
“We still share a very cordial relationship with Wriddhi and we do believe that he will come back to play for Bengal again. Personally, I will be happy if he comes back,” Snehasish said.
“At the moment it would not be right to disturb him as he is busy with the season. But once the season is over I will try to talk to him. The door for him will always be open and we will be more than happy to welcome him back,” Snehasish added.
Days after failing to get a second term as the BCCI president, former India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed his interest in vying for the CAB’s chief post but later made a U-turn and paved the way for his older brother.
The other office-bearers in Snehasish’s office would be vice-president Amalendu Biswas, secretary Naresh Ojha, joint secretary Debabrata Das and treasurer Prabir Chakraborty, all of whom were unanimously elected.
Snehasish further said his priority will be to take cricket to the next level in Bengal and create a better supply chain for Team India.
“I want to take Bengal cricket to new heights. The players are the assets… No matter how well we plan, they are the ones who will deliver, I hope we create a better supply line for Indian cricket.”
Among other things, Snehasish said the Eden Gardens will be renovated before the World Cup, which will include replacing the LEDs in floodlights, renovating the clubhouse and gallery.
Outgoing President Avishek Dalmiya said, “It has indeed been an honor and privilege to lead the CAB and I have tried my best to serve Bengal cricket to the best of my ability and tried my best to maintain transparency.
“We also have big plans in place that will ensure Eden Gardens remains one of the best stadiums the world has ever seen.”


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