Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, has been named as the Chairman of the newly created Cricket Development Sub-Committee with a view to raise the standard of the game in Bengal.

The high-profile sub-committee will also have three former India players, Arun Lal, Ashok Malhotra and Pranab Roy, as members. The Working Committee of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) decided this in its first meeting on Saturday.

The Sub-Committee will prepare a master plan for the improvement of the game at all levels. It will also have the advisory powers in all cricket-related matters and recommend measures to improve the standard of the game in the State.

The body has also been given powers to make recommendations on technical aspects of all tournaments and deal with issues on umpiring and finally will receive reports from the selectors (senior and junior) at the end of every season, assess the accountability of the selectors and make necessary recommendations to the Working Committee.

This apart the meeting formed 19 Sub-Committees. The senior, junior and women’s selection committees along with membership, women’s cricket and cricket committees will be former after September 15, said President Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Ojha, Das retained

The two sitting Assistant Secretaries, Naresh Ojha and Debabrata Das have been retained for a year and the house co-opted Prabir Chakraborty of Wari AC as a member of the Working Committee.

Mr. Dalmiya said that the renovation work at the Eden Gardens would begin by next week immediately after getting the clearance from the Defence Ministry.

“Kolkata Police has cleared the project and we have received the verbal clearance from the Army authorities. Once we get the written permission we will begin the work,” he said.

To a question on the CAB not being allotted international matches, the CAB President said he had a word with the Board chief Shashank Manohar.

“I told Mr. Manohar that the CAB cannot be penalised for somebody’s (read: Mr. Prasun Mukherjee, the immediate past President) mistake of signing a rotation policy that put the CAB at the 22nd position. I even told the President that the mistake had been detected and it should be rectified. He agreed to reply within three days,” Dalmiya said.

“When we did not get any reply, I again wrote to him and also had a word with the Board’s CAO who said the Board Secretary would be writing to the CAB soon,” he added.

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