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Resignation a farshot, I can do more for cricket now: Prasun

Kolkata, Oct 23 (UNI) Clearing the air that he was not going to step down, CAB President Prasun Mukherjee today said now that he was not on the hot-seat in the Kolkata Police he is going to concentrate on his job of improving cricket in Bengal rather than paying attention to what a handful of dissidents had to say asking for his removal.

'' There is no question of stepping down. Now that I am not the Commissioner of Police I can concentrate more on cricket. Before I had the pressure of handling 80,000 crowd while holding a match, now I will be cricket only. I can only do better, '' Mukherjee said.

It had been learnt that three affiliated clubs of the CAB will seek president Prasun Mukherjee's resignation following his removal as police commissioner in the Rizwanur Rahman case. The letter will be sent within a couple of days.

'' We will ask him to vacate the chair. The Test versus Pakistan is only a month away, but he hasn't been devoting time to the CAB, '' former assistant secretary Biswarup Dey, who will be one of the signatories, said.

The letter from 20 members that will force a 'requisite special general meeting' is also expected to be sent next week.

'' We will call the meeting once we get the letter to discuss the issue, '' joint secretary Samar Paul said.

Prasun Mukherjee reacting to the statements said, '' As you know it's a few of them. It's not the majority. Besides I think the opposition is carrying on the grudge of having lost the elections.

That has not been able to accept the defeat gracefully. '' '' When I lost to Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya, I accepted the verdict and joined one of the sub-committees and continued to work. And now also it is my work that will speak for me, '' he said.

Asked if these calls for removal weighing on his mind, he said, '' Not at all. We know bouquets and brickbats are part of life. I know how to shut these things out of my mind and continue to work as I am working. '' Now, a number of CAB members led by its trustees Gautam Dasgupta and Shivkumar Kalyani, as well as former CAB assistant secretary Biswaroop Dey, are gearing up to grill Mukherjee for decisions taken by him without informing the trustee board.

Mukherjee further assured that he would continue to work for the betterment of CAB and cricket in general and will not pay heed to what a section of the dissidents had to say about his stepping down.

'' I have heard Sachin Tendulkar does not read papers when he plays. I will concentrate on my work and keep these external factors out of my mind, '' Mukherjee concluded.


Story first published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 12:08 [IST]
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