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CAB basks in the glow of solid foundations


3rd February 2018
Bengal's future looks to be in safe hands with the likes of Ishan Porel coming through the ranks. So on the occasion of the 90th Foundation Day CAB President Sourav Ganguly and his office bearers could engage in a daylong funfilled game of cricket.
Winter is waning away. The first rays of summer sun swept the Eden Gardens. Anindya Chatterjee and Upal Sengupta of Chandrabindoo fame broke free on the lawns of the hallowed ground with the superhit "Bondhu Chol".
Sourav opened the bowling for CAB President's XI. Facing him was Chairman of Trustee Board XIs captain Avishek Dalmiya. Even when this was all about sportsman spirit and participation, a friendly compitition rippled through the rank and file of both the teams as they tried to turn back the clock. While the players were transported to their youth in their head, the would juat not cooperate.

But this gave the game a sense of purpose even while thr prime reason was entertainment. And entertained they were in ample by the little gems woven by Chandrabindoo- with Mon, Keu Bhalobese, Phire Asha Jai and many more. But what got the biggest applause were the modified version Marche Sachin to Marche Dada, Doodh na Khele and Brahma Janen.
While Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya showed his singing ability as he lend his voice to the songs, Dada showed who still ruled the 22 yards with 6 sixes in his 15 ball stay before he retired.
The Frank Worrell Day was observed in partnership with the Voluntary Blood Doners' Association with around 1000 people donating blood.

As India pummled Australia to lift their 4th U19 World Cup, Ganguly said: " They played extremely well throughout the tournament. They dominated every team showing this was a special team. Ishan had a superb tournament as he came back from an injury he sustained in game one to spearhead the the bowling attack in quarterfinals, semifinals and even in the final."
He also added that Ishan was a product of Vision 2020 and the next step would be to nurture Ishan and their likes for the senior stage. He said: "I said in the first game that Shuvam.Gill, Manjot Kalra, Nagarkoti and Porel were a talented lot."

In between their songs Anindya and Upal could not help slowing down their pace and taking a look at Dada flourishing with the bat and ball. Anindya later said:"It is a privilege to be singing at Eden Gardens and while Dada is playing. And then to see him sit right in front clapping to our song makes the day special for us."

CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu