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Shocked that Sourav was deprived of second term as BCCI president: Mamata
As an alternative she suggested that Sourav Ganguly should be allowed to contest for the chairmanship of International Cricket Council (ICC)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she was shocked that former India captain Sourav Ganguly was deprived of a second term as BCCI president.
"Injustice has been meted out to him, while Jay Shah, Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son, will continue as the board secretary. I have no objection to that. But Sourav Ganguly too should have the opportunity to continue as the BCCI president," the chief minister told mediapersons at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport before leaving for north Bengal on an official visit.
As an alternative she suggested that Sourav Ganguly should be allowed to contest for the chairmanship of International Cricket Council (ICC). "Previously, we have seen Jagmohan Dalmia in that chair. There is no question of politics here. Sourav Ganguly is not a politician. He can move along with everybody. So, for the sake of the development of Indian cricket he should be given a chance to represent India in the ICC. If necessary, I will speak to the Prime Minister on this issue," the chief minister said.
There should be no politics on this matter, Banerjee added.
Meanwhile, Ganguly himself has already announced that he will be contesting for the post of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president which is scheduled on October 31. On the same day there will be the annual general meeting of CAB.
On October 13, participating at a function of Bandhan Bank, where he is the brand ambassador now, Ganguly broke his silence on his forthcoming exit from the BCCI President's chair and said that all have to face rejections some time or the other.
"No one can continue as the administrator throughout his life. All have to face rejections some time or the other. When you look at quick success it never happens. Remember, one does not become Narendra Modi or Sachin Tendulkar or an Ambani overnight," he had said.