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Sourav Ganguly Forced to Take a Taxi to Attend BCCI Meeting

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 3, 2017, 9:55 AM IST
Sourav Ganguly Forced to Take a Taxi to Attend BCCI Meeting

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Kolkata: It's not every day that the guards of a five-star facility on EM Bypass are taken aback to find City of Joy's most loved icon Sourav Ganguly getting down from a yellow ambassador taxi to attend a BCCI meeting.

Ganguly, who has a fleet of mean machines, normally prefers riding his BMW, which broke down at Exide crossing.

"The BMW broke down on Lee Road near Exide crossing. He hired a yellow taxi and rushed to the meeting," Ganguly's driver said.

The former India captain was seen getting down from an ordinary yellow taxi outside the premises of the five-star luxury hotel for a BCCI meeting that was delayed by half an hour.

The CAB president then chaired the technical committee meeting of the BCCI.

Ganguly urged the BCCI to consider a substantial pay hike for domestic cricketers plying their trade in Ranji Trophy. It was learnt that Ganguly spoke extensively on the issue during the meeting.

"Ganguly enquired as to what all issues were raised at Ranji Captain and Coaches' Conclave in Mumbai. He was informed that all captains spoke about match fee hike in domestic tournament which has been an issue," a BCCI technical committee member, who can't be officially quoted said.

"When he was told that an average Ranji cricketer earns Rs 10 lakh for a season, he said that it is very less. Dada's argument was not all domestic players have jobs. Therefore a lot of talented cricketers become insecure if they are injured or out of the team," the official said.

It was learnt that Ganguly advised the members to seriously think about a substantial hike for the players and members agreed in unison.

It must be mentioned that it was senior India off spinner Harbhajan Singh, who first wrote a letter to former coach Anil Kumble describing him the plight of Ranji Trophy players.

However Anil Kumble's vision document had no mention about domestic cricketers.

There is a possibility that BCCI will hike match fees as they are expecting a windfall from IPL broadcast rights.

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First Published: August 2, 2017, 9:55 AM IST

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