Ganguly stays away, Dalmiya set for another term as CAB chief

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Dalmiya is set for yet another innings at the helm of CAB as there was nobody, including Ganguly, to challenge the former BCCI president.

Updated: July 24, 2009 17:49 IST
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Jagmohan Dalmiya is set for yet another innings at the helm of Cricket Association of Bengal as there was nobody, including former India captain Sourav Ganguly, to challenge the former BCCI president on the last day of filing CAB nominations here on Thursday.

Ganguly apparently gave Dalmiya a walkover after failing to manage the required numbers.

There was no challenge for Dalmiya camp's two joint secretaries - Arun Mitra and Biswarup Dey - and treasurer Subir Ganguly either.

The only challenge came from Howrah district's Abhijit Dutta who filed his paper against the four sitting Vice Presidents - Samar Kar, Shiv Kumar Kalyani, Arijit Datta and Timir Ghosh.

Thus the CAB annual general body meeting of July 31 will be a drab affair with Dalmiya retaining his grip over the association.

Asked for his reaction, Dalmiya said it was premature to comment.

"It's not yet official. Unless it is officially declared, I would not like to comment on it," Dalmiya said.

The 78th CAB AGM turned even more significant when former India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed his desire to step into cricket administration and it snowballed into speculation that he was eyeing the BCCI President's post in 2014.

Even though Ganguly stayed away from this year's election, he will be attending the AGM through Mohammedan Sporting and the Working Committee meeting through Bhukailash Sporting Club.

The Dalmiya camp has already decided to retain the same panel for another terms.

Earlier, it was also speculated that heavyweight candidates like former speaker Somnath Chatterjee and Union Minister Sultam Ahmed might throw a challenge to Dalmiya but eventually Dalmiya had the last laugh on Thursday.

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