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CAB mourns demise of P B Dutta
12th November 2016
P B Dutta breathed his last today in Kolkata. He was 92. The Cricket Association of Bengal expressed profound grief at the loss of one of the crown jewels of Bengal cricket.
CAB President Sourav Ganguly said: "We are deeply saddened at this loss. We wish his family our heartfelt condolences."
"Bengal cricket lost one of its great sons. An elegant left hander, he has been an icon for several generations. A talent like him is hard to be replaced," said Jt Secretary, CAB, Avishek Dalmiya.
"CAB mours this loss along with Dutta family. We pray to the Almighty for eternal peace to his departed soul," said Jt secretary, CAB, Subir Ganguly.
Badal Dutta was born June 21, 1924 at Sylhet in undivided India. He was an extremely elegant left- hander and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. In a First-Class career spanning from 1944-45 to 1955-56, Dutta scored 1,459 runs with a highest of 143. He averaged 29.77 with the bat, scored 4 centuries and 5 fifties, and held 12 catches. He captured 41 wickets at 37.09, and his best innings figures were 5 for 52.
Dutta made his First-Class debut for Bengal under the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, against the United Provinces (UP) at Eden Gardens in 1944-45. He represented the Cambridge University Team as all- rounder against Susex in the year 1947. Dutta was adjudged as the recipient of Kartick Bose Lifetime Achievement award in 2004 in recognition of his contributions to the Bengal Cricket. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of this Association from 2008-09 to 2012-13.
The CAB would remain closed on Tuesday as a mark of respect to the departed soul.