KOLKATA: The Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya said he exercised ‘restraint’ in not replying to certain issues raised by the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly at the body’s recent annual general meeting.

On his debut as an administrator, Ganguly had raised questions on some of CAB’s decisions. Dalmiya on Wednesday gave his reactions to them, in an interview to a local television channel.

Speaking about the dropping of coach Utpal Chatterjee, Dalmiya said he made defamatory statements in the media against CAB.

“CAB did not take action against the coach after he wrote to the Association saying the media had misquoted him. It is only that CAB did not choose to renew his contract this year,” Dalmiya said.

On the question of having outstation coaches, Dalmiya said the CAB was following the BCCI’s principle of having the best man for the job.

“He (Ganguly) himself had been a part of the process that introduced foreign coaches to the national side,” Dalmiya said. “He backed the appointment of foreign coaches like John Wright and later his successor, Greg Chappell.

“Bengal too had outstation coaches like W.V. Raman, Karsan Ghavri, Paras Mahmbrey, Bharati Arun and no one questioned their appointment. Even the new coach Roger Binny has been welcomed by all,” Dalmiya added.

Dalmiya, who was the chairman of the meeting, said he had answers for every questions raised but “thought it wise to keep quite and not stoke up excitement by speaking up.” — Principal Correspondent

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