Dalmiya a legend in cricket administration: Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly described the former BCCI supremo Jagmohan Dalmiya as a "legend in administration".

updated: July 24, 2009 16:00 IST
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Amid speculation that he was poised to challenge Jagmohan Dalmiya in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) elections, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday described the former BCCI supremo as a "legend in administration".

Replying to a question on his entry into the CAB now being headed by Dalmiya, Ganguly said, "He (Dalmiya) is a legend in administration.

"The main motive (of CAB) should be cricket's development, to ensure that more Test players emerge from Bengal," Ganguly told a Bengali TV channel.

Asked whether he regretted his decision to quit international cricket as his contemporary Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were still doing well, Ganguly said he too would have played well had he not retired.

"If I was playing, I too would have been performing well but I have taken a decision. Principles vary for individuals, I have a different principle."

On his Indian Premier League contract with Kolkata Knight Riders, which will be in the final year in 2010, Ganguly said, "I will decide to continue with the IPL or not after the next edition. It will depend on my performance next year."

Ganguly, who is all set to host a Bengali reality show titled 'Dadagiri', said he was looking forward to a rather busy year ahead.

"It is going to be a busy year, 2009-10, as I have the next IPL in view. My involvement in CAB is on the cards and the TV reality show is coming up," he said.

Answering questions on his experience on the sets, Ganguly said it was different and exciting. "TV has become a part of everyday life. It is a completely different experience," he said about the reality show.

"It has just started and a lot of work is yet to be done as it would have 50 to 60 episodes," he said. "However, cricket and sport will remain my first love."

On the victory of Trinamool Congress in recent elections and his liking for chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Ganguly ducked the bouncer.

"It is true that I respect Bhattacharya, but it does not mean that it amounts disrespect to another person. It is not the right conclusion... If a cricket fan likes to see Rahul Dravid's batting and does not like my style of play that does not mean he is disrespecting me."

When reminded about his statement favouring setting up of the Tata Motors Nano plant at Singur, Ganguly said he did not make any political comment. "I am for the development of the state, both in industry and cricket."

On the controversy surrounding the school being set up by him at Salt Lake where local residents had raised their opposition, Ganguly said the problem had been resolved. Asked if he planned to write his autobiography, Ganguly said he was yet to experience the freedom of retirement.

"May be, it will happen someday," he said.