Xtra Time WebDesk: Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly has rubbished speculation that his brother Snehasish Ganguly will take his post if he goes for a cooling off period. Snehasish who attended the association’s special general meeting on Saturday after almost 9 years sparked the speculation. Snehasish himself though is not ruling out a comeback in the CAB administration.
“As for a comeback, I’m thinking about it. But things are yet to be final,” said Snehasish to reporters before leaving Eden Gardens.
The special general meeting was called to apprise the members and affiliated units of the current status of the Supreme Court case relating to implementation of the Justice Lodha committee recommendations.
It was unanimously decided that the association will wait for the Supreme Court hearing on July 05 before taking any step.
“The Supreme Court is scheduled to come up with a verdict on July 5. We are waiting for it,” CAB president Sourav Ganguly said after the SGM that lasted for around 40-45 minutes.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), last Monday, had sent an email to all state associations with a list of instructions that had left them surprised. The matter just had a brief reference during the SGM and CAB don’t seem to be too perturbed with it.
All the state associations including the CAB have not been getting the BCCI grants for the last two years. On being asked about the situation, Ganguly said, “The last time when we got BCCI grants was for the 2015-16 season.”
The grants for a season amounts to Rs 30-40 crore. So, as of now, our dues to the tune of Rs 60-80 crore (for 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons) are pending,” said a senior CAB official, adding: “But even without the grants, our association has been making profit.”