Lancashire: Honours still pour on Former captain Sourav Ganguly ever after retirement from International cricket. The latest of them is the fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire.
Ganguly, India's most successful captain was conferred the fellowship for his "unparalleled determination coupled with grit and talent". The prince of Kolkata had played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for India.
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"It is a big honour. When I came to know about prestegious award, I felt proud and I'm happy to be here," Ganguly said after accepting the fellowship from Dharma Kovvuri, acting dean of UCLAN management faculty, yesterday at Lancashire.
"I have a long-term association with Lancashire , I played my first One-day International at Old Trafford 13 years ago and had a stint with Lancashire County Cricket Club," former captain was quoted as saying in the 'Lancashire Evening Post'.
"The best thing I recollect about Lancashire was in April 2000 when I turned up at 10 degree temperature. I was standing in the slips and couldn't take my hands out of my pockets as it was so cold. Luckily, Michael Atherton asked me to go at mid-on where I put some hand warmers in my pockets and kept myself warm," he added.
Ganguly said he would set up his own institution for children from pre-school to college age in Kolkata and build links with UCLan.
Lauding Ganguly for his contribution in cricket, Dharma Kovvuri said, "It's a great honour for the university that we have been able to nominate Sourav and it's great he has accepted.
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"Ganguly been a great ambassador for Indian cricket and as we all know, he has been the most successful Indian cricket captain and for him to accept the award from the university is a great honour for us.