Dalmiya should resign from CAB, says long-time opponent

January 27th, 2011 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Jan 27 (IANS) The knives were out for Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya Thursday, with the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruling out Eden Gardens as the venue for the Feb 27 India-England match of the World Cup. A staunch Dalmiya opponent demanded his resignation from the post of CAB president.”This is very shameful. It must be found out why the match could not be staged,” former CAB joint secretary Samar Pal told IANS.

Demanding that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the CAB be convened immediately, Pal said: “Dalmiya has to explain why we lost the match. Dalmiya should resign by owning moral responsibility. Such a thing has never happened in Bengal. To rid us of our shame, he should resign.”

Pal has for years led the anti-Dalmiya faction in the CAB.

The ICC Thursday took away the Feb 27 match following an adverse report from the venue inspection team that visited the ground Jan 25.

“The expert report determined that Eden Gardens in Kolkata would not be ready within an acceptable time frame to host the India vs England ICC Cricket World Cup match on Feb 27,” the ICC said in a statement.

“Of particular concern was the fact that host venue obligations in relation to cricket operations, media, broadcast and sponsorship facilities were not finalised and/or confirmed by the venue,” it said.

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