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Thakur praises Dalmiya
3rd October 2016
Kolkata: BCCI President Anurag Thakur today heaped praises for Late Jagmohan Dalmiya calling him an administrator that one comes across once in a lifetime.
Talking about the facilities in Eden Gardens and the 250th Test on home soil, he said: "Sourav (Ganguly) and Avishek (Dalmiya) are doing a fine job. But one cannot forget the contribution of Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya."
He brought a wealth of experience with him that gave him such insight, Thakur said, remembering Dalmiya, while interacting with media at the press box.
"He was a great administrator and was the guy responsible for turning BCCI's fortunes around. He fought legal battles to get us telecast rights. He turned BCCI on its head. We should never forget his contributions," he said.

About crowd or lack of it for Test matches, he said: "We are trying to make it more popular. We have increased the fees of the players from this series. We are doing a lot of other activities around cricket to draw crowd."
"CAB has done a wonderful job around this Test. Bringing children to the ground and doing different programmes. We are also looking at smaller venues that are easier to fill."
There are several other proposals that we are considering, which we will put forward next March. He had earlier in the day rung the Eden Bell to signal the start of the fourth day's play of the second Test between India and New Zealand.

Arindam Basu