I am not quitting: Sourav
"I'll be working towards a comeback," says the former Indian captain. SurferSpeak: Don't humiliate Gangulyindia Updated: Dec 16, 2005 16:17 IST
Former captain Sourav Ganguly says he will not quit but will work towards a comeback, even as an overwhelming 98 per cent opined in a West Bengal SMS poll that he was a victim of the BCCI's politics.
Though he maintained a stoic silence all through Thursday as angry mob agitated outside his Behala house, blocked road and rail traffic, a city daily on Friday quoted Ganguly as saying: "There's plenty of tough cricket coming up... I'm not quitting. I'll be working towards a comeback."
An SMS poll conducted by Bengali channel Star Ananda found 98 per cent viewers believed that Sourav was a victim of the politics of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Though touched by the moral support of the people of West Bengal and celebrities from the world of film, theatre, arts and business, Ganguly otherwise kept mum before the media.
He remained at home most of the time Thursday and participated in a prayer ceremony apart from meeting former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Dalmiya has reportedly assured Sourav that the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) would back him to the hilt. Meanwhile, politicians from the state are planning to take up the issue in Parliament if their pleas to the BCCI failed to cut ice.
Communist Party of India (CPI) MP Gurudas Dasgupta said he would try to take up the matter in Parliament, though ideally it should be dealt with at the board level.
First Published: Dec 16, 2005 13:08 IST