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Jagmohan Dalmiya remembered with affection on first Death Anniversary

Kolkata, Sep 20: It's been a year since the country bid an emotional farewell to cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya.
On his first death anniversary, Cricket Association of Bengal paid homage to the inspirational leader, by organizing an immemorial.
Earlier in the day CAB President Sourav Ganguly and Mr Dalmiya’s son CAB Joint-Secretary Avishek Dalmiya paid their homage before leaving city on official work.
Besides love for cricket, Mr. Dalmiya was also involved with social works, 'Eradication of Blindness’ which included restoration of eyesight through cornea grafting and transplantation, was a step taken by him to promote eye donation.
“He started this initiative long back and wanted no one should suffer from blindness.
Today he is not here but his blessing will always be there with us”, said Biswarup Dey, Treasurer, Cricket Association of Bengal.
His wife, Chandralekha Dalmiya also inked for donating her eyes, following the footsteps of her late husband.
Also present were his daughter Baishali Dalmiya and daughter-in-law Koeli Dalmiya besides CAB officials and members.
“For me Eden Gardens is an extension of my family. From my childhood I have seen his passion for cricket and his dedicated service for the betterment of the game. I am really indebted that he was remembered so fondly,” said Baishali.

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Ticket price reduced, stands after Biswanath Dutta, Dalmiya, Ganguly

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Working Committee that met last night took a host of decisions both pertaining to development of domestic cricket and related to administration in general including proposing naming the stands at Eden Gardens after legends for their contribution to the game both on and off the field and reducing the prices for the season tickets for the India-New Zealand series to attract more people to the ground.
Later CAB President Sourav Ganguly told media: "Keeping an eye on encouraging more people to come and witness the Test the prices of the tickets have been reworked at Rs 1000, Rs 750 and Rs 500 for the season. Other avenues are also being explored to draw more people to the ground."
As part of the efforts to draw more people to the ground, CAB has joined hands with Lions' Club to bring in 4000 underprivileged children to the stadium to watch the opening day of the Test match. Free tickets are also being given at junior, sub-junior and school levels for those participating in the various coaching camps.
CAB is also organising an indoor cricket carnival featuring around 40 corporate houses to boost participation during the Test match.
Wriddhiman Saha and Md Shami, the two shinning stars of Bengal, now a regular face in the India team would be felicitated for their contribution to cricket. A giant bell will also be installed installed at the ground before the Test match. The bell will be rung to mark the beginning of the 501 Test at Eden. CAB will also organise a talk at lunch on the opening day of the Test featuring two legends of the game.
The committee has also proposed that stands be named after persons who have made CAB proud with their contributions to the game. The names among others are of Snehangshu Acharya, A N Ghosh, Biswanath Dutta, Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Pankaj Roy, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sourav Ganguly.
The committee further proposed that A N Ghosh Trophy be discontinued and Super League be made a permanent fixture with the final for four days played with pink ball. The structure of the Super League will that be of Ranji Trophy. The first division league will be a three day affair.

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Shami, Wriddhi retained for Kiwi series

As expected wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Md. Shami made it to the Test team for the forthcoming home series against New Zealand.
Md Shami, who made a comeback after 18 months, was praised by Virat Kohli for his wicket taking form in the Caribbeans. In a recent interview to CAB, Shami said "I will try to continue doing the good work in the home series. I will do my best to stand by my team, support the spinners and play as my captain wants."
Wriddhiman, who scored a century in the third Test at St Lucia against the West Indies has been rewarded for his good work with the gloves.
CAB President Sourav Ganguly wished and hoped they will perform well in the upcoming series against the Kiwis.
India are currently ranked number two on the ICC test rankings, only a point behind Pakistan, while New Zealand are placed seventh.

Squad: Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, R. Aswin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, M Vijay, Umesh Yadav

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Chucking a result of faulty action from junior level: Sekhar

Oversight from coaches in early stages of career often result in bowlers with faulty action resulting which they are called by umpires for chucking.
Ex-Indian pacer T. A. Sekhar, who is now a bowling consultant to the Bengal team under Vision 2020 project, stressed on the role of the coaches of the junior teams in shaping up careers of bowlers.
"At the junior level its not only about winning a tournament. It is about producing players who would play for India for a longer tenure. I think the coaches in U-16 and U-19 teams should keep a hawk eye on the bowling actions of these young bowlers. Those who are chucking should be told in their early stages and have their action rectified. Sometimes oversight leads to faulty actions, which later prove career altering,” he said, when asked why so many bowlers across the world at international level are called for chucking.
Talking about the current crop of junior players, he said: "There are lot of bowlers doing well. I don’t want to name any one in particular. I can see a lot of talent in the bowlers. I believe within a couple of years Bengal will produce more bowlers playing at international level."
Talking about Md Shami and Ashok Dinda, Sekhar said, "Shami recovered from a career ending knee injury. A lot of fast bowlers wouldn’t have made this. And BCCI is also looking after their performance in the domestic level cricket. And Dinda, I would say, is also doing well and will keep doing well in the future”.
Sekhar praised the Vision 2020 project and said: “The vision 2020 camp is obviously a positive step taken by the CAB. This will definitely help the Bengal team for the future. The bowlers are bowling quite consistently in the net. I hope this will give a positive result. I always believe fitness is the key to success and sometimes it is more important than talent".

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Participating in CAB Ambar Roy Sub-J r. (U-14) & Junior (U-17) Cricket Tournament : 2016 - 17

This is to inform you that a joint meeting, like earlier, between Representatives of participating Coaching Centres and the Members of the Junior & Sub-Junior Cricket Committees of the Association has been fixed to be held on Monday, the 17th October 2016 at 5-00 p.m. at Dr. B. C. Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, Kolkata to discuss on holding the tournament in a befitting manner and apprise of its rules & Other relevant matters. You are, therefore, requested to kindly send your Authorized representative to attend the aforesaid meeting positively.


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Manoj to lead strong Bengal squad

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) think-tank last night put seal on the 22-member senior Bengal squad to be led by veteran Manoj Tiwari for the current domestic season.
In a closed door meeting led by CAB President Sourav Ganguly, the meeting was attended by selectors Arup Bhattacharya and Madan Ghosh, former cricketers Ranadeb Bose, Joydeep Mukherjee, incumbent skipper Manoj Tiwari and Joint Secretary Abhishek Dalmiya. Chairman of selectors Deep Dasgupta, who is away as commentator, was unavailable, but Chief Coach Sairaj Bahutule was taken into the process over phone.
With Bengal’s domestic season beginning October 13, preparations are afoot to get the squad in shape. Batting consultant V V S Laxman will be with the side from September 17, along with bowling consultant T A Sekhar to help players hone their skills.

Top three batsmen:
Manoj Tiwary(C), Sudip Chatterjee, Abhimanyu Easwaran
Top three bowlers:
Ashok Dinda , Pragyan Ojha, Aamir Gani
Ishan Porel, Sayan Sekhar Mondal
Not getting Md. Shami and Wriddhiman Saha for most of the season
Manoj Tiwary(C), Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Sudip Chatterjee, Prasenjit Das, Koushik Ghosh, Pankaj Shaw, Agniv Pan, Writtick Chatterjee, Jayojit Basu, Satyabrata Murmu, Shreevats Goswami, MD. Shami, Ashok Dinda, Veer Pratap Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Sayan Ghosh, Ishan Porel, Ayan Bhattacharjee, Pragyan Ojha, Aamir Gani

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Shami hopes to continue good work in home series

For comeback Indian pacer Md Shami, hunger to excel and tireless hardwork are the twin mantras for success. The wily right hand fast medium bowler, who plays for Bengal, became the toast of the team in West Indies scalping 14 wickets in the series.
"It is a comeback of sorts for me. For 18 months I was out of the side nursing the injury and rehabilitating. I am really happy that I was able to do the job for my team and captain," Md Shami told CAB Media Desk.
Talking about the strict regimen he followed on road to recovery, Shami said: "Knee injuries are tough as the whole body weight of a bowler is on his knees. The NCA training helped me a lot. It was a very difficult time. Only I know how focussed I was on my rehab and training to get back in shape. I had to lose weight, fight fits of blue. But my wife stood by me like a rock."
"When I went on the tour, I knew I did not have to do anything flashy. I just focussed on my swing, length and line. I did not want to make errors there. I am lucky that I was able to force the batsmen to make mistakes," Shami said of his bowling in the Caribbeans and went on to add: "I had a plan. It was successful. I didn't want to make too many changes to my bowling."
Asked about the forthcoming New Zealand series: "I will bowl normally and do my best with the new ball. I will try to support the spinners. But if we bend our backs and get two three early wickets it will be helpful for the team."
On Virat Kohli heaping praises on him, he said: "It feels good if the captain has faith on you. We need to keep the fire burning inside us. As a bowler we need to be hungry for wickets as a batsman should be for runs."
He went on to add that India now had a much better record overseas than before. "And we must keep improving everyday. I just want to keep doing my work with full dedication," Shami said.

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Re: Inter School Cricket (U-15) Tournament : 2016-2017

This is to inform you that a joint meeting, like earlier, between Representatives of participating Schools and the Members of the School Committee of the Association has been fixed to be held on Friday, the 4th November 2016 at 5-oo p.m. at Dr. B. C. Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, Kolkata to discuss on holding the tournament, its Rules & Regulations & Other relevant matters. You are, therefore, requested to kindly send your Authorized representative to attend the aforesaid meeting positively.

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Waiting to see Ranji on neutral venues: Laxman

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will hold Ranji matches like every season at Eden Gardens and not one of them will host the home team. And this is exciting former Indian middle-order bat V V S Laxman.
Laxman, praising the decision of BCCI of organizing domestic matches at neutral venues, said this was going to test the skill of the players and also their ability cope with unfamiliar conditions.
"I am really glad that a lot of initiatives are being taken. We will have to wait and see how it works out for the teams at the neutral venues. The control over the wicket, which is so important, will be with the BCCI and not the state associations."
"So the wickets will not be in favour of the home team. Now we need to see how it pans out. This initiative from BCCI will see domestic cricket become more competitive and challenging for the players," he added.
Talking about the lack of crowd for Ranji matches, Laxman viewed: "I think the competition is good at the domestic level. I don’t expect people will come and watch the domestic matches. When you see international Test matches also, you find a motley crowd unless it has the big rivalries."
He then went on to add that Ranji matches were more about learning and less about entertainment.
"What is important is to make sure that the standards at the domestic or first class level are high. If you have strong first class structure then automatically the quality of players going to represent the country will be good," said Laxman.

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Bengal can win Ranji Trophy this season: Laxman
Lauding Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly for his Vision 2020 project, former teammate and iconic India batsman V V S Laxman today said that Bengal Team has the talent to win Ranji Trophy this season if they play to their potential.
Laxman has been appointed as the batting consultant for Bengal and is currently overseeing the U-23 crop of players. He is scheduled to come back again on September 17 and take charge of the Ranji probables.
"I am happy at the way Bengal Cricket is progressing. Like if you see they did well in the Ranji Trophy last year. They lost in the quarterfinals because of one bad batting performance in the first Innings where Madhya Pradesh got a big score and then in the second innings Bengal got a big score but still was not able to win the match,” Laxman told CAB in an interview.
"But other than this it was fantastic to see the way the batsmen did and also the bowlers. It was a good combined effort. I think they topped the table last year and I feel there is a lot of potential in this Bengal side. They started off well this season winning the KSCA tournament in Bangalore in which they played against some quality sides, including Mumbai. I believe if they play to their potential, they can win the Ranji Trophy this year," he added.
Bengal team went on to win the Dr. (Capt.) K Thimmappiah Memorial Cricket Tournament 2016 defeating KSCA XI by 6 wickets.
Talking about the pluses of winning Ranji Trophy, he said, “once they do that (win Ranji Trophy) automatically a lot of players will be getting chance in the national team. We talk about Karnataka and Mumbai and it’s because they go on to win the Ranji. I am convinced that this Bengal team has the potential to go on and win it."
Talking about the Vision 2020 campaign and the initiative taken by CAB, Laxman said: “I am doing this only because of Sourav (Ganguly). Once he became the President he called, almost persuaded me to pick up this role and I am always convinced that whatever responsibility Sourav (Ganguly) takes he does that with full commitment."
"It’s great to see Sourav taking up this responsibility of making sure that Bengal cricket goes forward. He excelled in whatever role has been assigned to, be it in the field of captaincy in the year 2000 when Indian cricket was going through a tough period or here. He transformed the way the Indian cricket team played while chasing runs and the entire mindset. Now even in administration he has done very well," he added.
Laxman praised Sourav for the way he organised the India-Pakistan match during the 50-Over World Cup.

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Renewal of Life Membership for the year 2016-2017 will commence on and from 16th August to 15th September, 2016 on all working days between 1-00 p.m. and 5-00 p.m. at 'L' Block (Entry through Gate No. 17) of Eden Gardens, Kolkata — 700 021 on production of last year's (2015-2016) Membership Card and the member will be required to produce a current Bank Statement or Life Certificate issued by a competent authority at the time of renewal.
The Members who have not as yet renewed their membership cards till 2015-2016, can renew their Life Membership Cards for the year 2016-2017 on production of Membership Card, a photo identity card (PAN Card or Voter's ID Card or Driving Licence or Passport) in original for verification along with a photocopy, two coloured passport size photographs and a current bank statement or Life Certificate issued by a competent authority at the time of renewal.
If the member presents himself personally for renewal, Bank Statement / Life Certificate will not be required.

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P. Sen Memorial Invitation Trophy Tournament : 2015-16
Y.M.C.A. (Coll.Br.)
Combined University -XI
Further to our letter no.115B/48/3158/ 16 dt.03/06/2016, this is to inform you that the match between yourselves in connection with the aforesaid tournament has been rescheduled and will now be played on 16th of June 2016 instead of 15th June 2016 at the same ground i.e. at J. U. 2nd Campus Ground, Salt Lake.

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P. Sen Memorial Invitation Trophy Tournament : 2015-16
Y.M.C.A. (Coll.Br.)
Combined University - XI
This is to inform you that the match between yourselves in connection with the aforesaid tournament has been scheduled to be played on 15th June 2016 at J. U. 2nd Campus Ground, Salt Lake.

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P. Sen Memorial Invitation Trophy Tournament : 2015-16
Netaji Subhas Institute
CAB President - XI
This is to inform you that the match between yourselves in connection with the aforesaid tournament has been scheduled to be played on 17th June 2016 at J. U. 2nd Campus Ground, Salt Lake.

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President's Message

I was privileged to inherit a golden tradition. All I have done in my 35-year long involvement with The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)
is to carry forward this tradition and ensure that it continues to grow in stature and glory.

In doing so, I was fortunate throughout to have fantastic mentors and colleagues. I will forever acknowledge the role of my mentor and former CAB and BCCI President B.N. Dutt, who had guided me to learn the ropes of cricket administration. And my current and previous teams of office bearers and Committee members have all been with me for years in this quest for excellence on behalf of the CAB.

The journey has truly been eventful. Despite India losing in the Semi Final, the final match of the 1987 World Cup at Eden Gardens was watched by close to 100,000 people, which is a historic achievement in world cricket.

Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya
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