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Remembering the legends

31st May 2020
The CAB will be paying tribute to the former greats of Bengal on their birth anniversary.
This was mentioned by CAB President Avishek Dalmiya on the occasion of th 92nd Birth Anniversary of Bengal's cricket legend Pankaj Roy, when he paid his homage to the great Bengal cricketer at the Eden Gardens club house today.
Also present on the occasion were Hony. Secretary Snehasish Ganguly, Joint Secretary Debabrata Das and Late Mr Roy's son and former India cricketer Pranab Roy who paid their respects.
CAB President Avishek Dalmiya said, “We want to remember the stalwarts who have immensely contributed to Bengal Cricket and pay our respect to them every year. In fact, every cricketer who has played for Bengal deserves recognition for their services”.

“As part of this exercise, we would remember the past Bengal Captains who have also played for the country but have left us for their heavenly abode by garlanding their photographs on their birth anniversaries. Also cards would be sent to every individual who are currently Honorary Members on their birthdays. Once our office reopens, we would chalk out the dates and start this process”, Dalmiya added.

The Bengal legend is best known for establishing the world record opening partnership of 413 runs, together with Vinoo Mankad, against New Zealand at Chennai. The record stood until 2008. He also captained India in a Test match in England. He was honoured with the Padma Shri.
Hony. Secretary Snehasish Ganguly shared some memories and stressed on the importance of remembering the past legends.
He said: "We have grown up hearing stories about Pankaj Roy, his world record stand with Vinoo Mankad. He was an ideal and inspiration since we started playing cricket. While playing in first division, Sporting Union was my first club and I was fortunate to play for a club where he played all his life.

His dedication was phenomenal. I will always remember when Pankaj da used to come to to the nets to meet us. He would give tips before 1989 Ranji Trophy final. I was very young and he gave me advice about playing the pacers. It all helped a lot. It's a great initiative taken to remember the legends of Bengal Cricket."
His son Pranab Roy said on the occasion: "On behalf of Roy family, I thank CAB President Avishek Dalmiya and other CAB Officials for taking this great initiative to honor our past international legends. It's a beginning today and I hope it will continue with other Bengal legends."

Arindam Basu