Kolkata: Eden Gardens, the Mecca of Cricket is going to have a special cause to be visited from now onwards. The stadium of Motera got its name after the now Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A statue of the late Arun Jaitley, the former Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs is situated in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla. Now Kolkata will be adorned with statues of four famous cricket legends. Jagmohan Dalmiya, Pankaj Roy, Sourav Ganguly and Jhulan Goswami are to be given a special place in the city of joy.
Jagmohan Dalmiya was the president of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC). Regarded as one of the best cricket administrators in the world, Dalmiya holds a special place for everyone at Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Another bengal legend was Pankaj Roy, who went down for toss in the Lord’s Test as team India captain. Sourav Ganguly is still regarded as the pioneer of making Team India. Jhulan Goswami needs no introduction as the 38-year old is still a nightmare of many cricketers.
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The statues of Pankaj Roy, Sourav Ganguly, Jhulan Goswami and Jagmohan Dalmiya are going to be placed very soon. Eden Gardens already have stands named after Bishwanath Dutt, Jagmohan Dalmia, Pankaj Roy and Sourav Ganguly. About a year and a half ago, CAB passed the proposal to install these statues in the meeting of the executive committee. The statues will be placed in CAB’s museum. The plan was to unveil the statues in March when South Africa was expected to be visiting India, but things didn’t went as planned due to the outbreak of COVID-19. When asked about the delay, CAB president Abhishek Dalmia said, “Once the lockdown over, we will take immediate actions.” On the eve of Jagmohan Dalmiya’s 71st birthday former CAB secretary Biswarup Dey demanded that the statue of the late board president should be erected in Eden at an earliest.