Sourav mail raise eyebrows in cricket fraternity

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:After the second e-mail in eight month's time rocked the cricket fraternity in the country, questions are now being raised about Sourav Ganguly's missive against his one-time mentor and beleaguered CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya.

While some quarters construed it as Ganguly's effort to make it to the good book of the current BCCI regime, the language of the e-mail raised questions about who actually drafted the mail.

Ganguly, known for his straight talk, opted for the most indirect manner by sending an e-mail to his brother Snehashis just before the CAB election, which pits Mr Dalmiya against the state government backed city police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee.

This comes at a time when Mr Dalmiya is waging a grim war against the present BCCI top brass and the city businessman doesn't have the state government's support either.

Though Sports Minister Subhash Chakraborty was entrusted by Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee with the job of dissuading Mr Dalmiya to opt out of the election, the effort fell flat on its face and Mr Chakraborty, a long time Dalmiya ally, admitted his failure in the mission.

Mr Dalmiya, meanwhile, was curt in his reaction to Ganguly's mail.

''I'm no longer in power in the BCCI. Since I have nothing to give, I no longer expect loyalty,'' he remarked.

Some have also questioned whether Ganguly himself drafted the e-mail or not. The language of the mail, dotted with casual errors like ''heavy punished'' raised doubts for the southpaw is known to be precise and correct with his language.

His brother Snehashis, however, confirmed it was written by Ganguly himself and top cop Prasun Banerjee disclosed it to the media.

Though Mr Dalmiya seems to have gone ahead ignoring the wish of the Chief Minister, it seems that the CAB President has the number.

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