Sourav Ganguly said his recent experience of walking alongside Ian Botham on a fund-raising trek in Sri Lanka has doubled his conviction to come to the aid of a “good cause”.

“It was really great to see Sir Ian walk the entire distance. We need to do a whole lot for the people,” Ganguly said, referring to ‘Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk’ on behalf of the Laureus ‘Sport for Good’ Foundation.

Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar had joined Botham on a 25 km trek from Kandy to Pinnawala in Sri Lanka early last week.

On Monday, Ganguly was at the announcement of the Tata Medical Centre Kolkata Marathon.

Ganguly, who has been involved with the cancer management and care facility in the city, also visited a young fan of his.

“It is nice to see children smile,” he said.

“Hopefully I will be involved more fruitfully with the hospital,” he said.

Ganguly also said Sachin Tendulkar was “just a phone call away” if the organisers wanted him to join in for the good cause.

The Kolkata marathon on January 5 will bring together celebrities from entertainment and sports in support of underprivileged cancer patients.

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