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Press Release of the 91st AGM of CAB

31st October 2022
The 91st AGM of the Cricket Association of Bengal was held today at the J W Marriott hotel in Kolkata.
1. Mr. Snehasish Ganguly was elected as the President of CAB unanimously. The other office bearers who were elected unopposed were Vice-President Amalendu Biswas, Hony Secretary Naresh Ojha, Jt. Secretary Debabrata Das and Treasurer Prabir Chakraborty.
2.The following persons were elected as the members of the Apex Council: Mr. Mintu Das, Mr. Mahadeb Chakraborty, Mr. Dipak Kr Singh, Mr. Mahesh Kr Tibrewal, Mr. Niraj Kr Kajaria, Mr. Srinjoy Bose, Mr. Kanchan Banerjee, Mr. Susanta Banerjee, Mr. Alif Parvej, Mr. Ardhendu Kr Ghosh and Dr. Sudarshan Biswas.
3.The House unanimously approved the Hony Secretary’s report for the year 2021-22 as well as the Hony Treasurer’s Report for the year 2021-22.
4.All the members present in the meeting appreciated the efforts taken by the association as well as the office bearers during the period and also appreciated the fact that the association has become three times financially stronger in the last three years.
5.The proposals of the apex council were placed before the general body and the house unanimously accorded their approval to all such proposals which includes infrastructure development on a largescale to make sure that the majestic Eden Gardens lives up to its reputation.
6.The proposals included immediate start of interior upgradation matching international standards, the designs of which was approved by the full house. This will include dressing rooms for players that would be state-of-the-art along with a uber modern Press Box with fully equipped media centre among other things. Upliftment of the exterior façade of the Club House also got the approval of the general body.
7.Seats would be replaced in the upper tier of club house in line with that of the lower tiers to ensure that the distinguished guests.
8.The House approved repair works of the D E Blocks of Eden Gardens. Parallelly, the House approved the reconstruction plans of the D and E blocks in principle to be taken up after the World Cup next year.
9.The House congratulated Mr. Avishek Dalmiya on becoming the Governing Council member of the IPL of BCCI.
10.The House also appreciated the services rendered by Sri Sushanta Ranjan Upadhyay as the Electoral Officer. Speaking on the occasion the outgoing CAB President Avishek Dalmiya: “It was indeed an honour 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 that transparency is maintained. We have also in place grand plans which would ensure that Eden Gardens would remain as one of the best stadiums the world has ever seen.
I am elated that Mr. Snehasish Ganguly, one of the best first class cricketers that the state has ever produced, is now the President of CAB. I have absolutely no doubt that he is the right choice and the right man to lead this association forward boldly and with efficiency. My best wishes are always with him. I am sure that his efforts would bring in much glory both on the field and of it.”
The newly elected President of CAB Snehasish Ganguly said: “Being the President of this association is a great honour and responsibility at the same time. It is an emotional day for me also. CAB had a giant role to play behind whatever achievement I have had in cricket. So I am nostalgic today. The old memories flood back like a fairy tale in sepia tone. I was all of 11 years when I first stepped into Eden Gardens for the trials of U-15 Vijay Merchant Trophy in the season of 1978-79. I knew that day Eden touched my heart and entered my veins and today it runs in me like my blood. I have played many memorable matches for Bengal and it has been a cause for great delight for me.
In 2020 when I became the Secretary of the Association, it was a special day too. But to become the president of the association is a separate feeling, something I perhaps can’t adequately put in words.
I have a vision for Bengal’s cricket. It is to take its cricket to the next level irrespective of Men’s and Women’s cricket. But to do this I need your cooperation my House, of each and everyone of the member, the coaches, the support staff and most importantly my players. The players are the assets of any organization and no matter how well we plan, they are the ones who will deliver. But I hope and believe that together we will be able to attain the cherished goals set.
Undertaking the construction work at Eden Gardens is also on the priority list. We have already started the rehauling of seats a process that will continue along with other repair and reconstruction work. But the most important plan was to replace the lights at the four towers with the LED lights that works on the modern DMX system. We have plans to renovate and upgrade the interiors of the B C Roy Club House, the canteen, the under gallery and wash rooms plans for which are ready for implementation.
I thank my immediate predecessor Mr. Avishek Dalmiya for leaving the association stronger and richer which will help us in taking the association forward with speed and efficiency.”

Arindam Basu