Playing cricket tougher than administration: Sourav Ganguly

Kolkata: In his first day in office as Cricket Association of Bengal joint-secretary, former India captain Sourav Ganguly Saturday said playing cricket was "tougher" than wearing the administrator`s hat.

"In cricket, you get only one life but here you`ll get opportunities. I`ve a very good team headed by Jagmohan Dalmiya, we have to work together. It`s a different feeling to sit on this chair," Ganguly said remembering his late father Chandidas Ganguly who was also a CAB joint-secretary.

The 42-year-old, who also co-owns football franchise Atletico de Kolkata besides doing occasional commentary, spent about two hours and met Dalmiya to begin a new innings in cricket administration.

Asked how would he do justice to his role, Ganguly said: "If Mukesh Ambani can run so many companies together, why can`t I? I`ll have to be in my hometown for both football and CAB. I`ll be away only for a few months (for commentary)..."

He is known for his cricketing acumen on the field and Ganguly has already envisaged many a things to develop cricket in Bengal.

"I`ve some plans in my mind but I`ll take about four-five months to get them implemented. The priorities would be to develop the wicket and give special attention on players` selection."

Ganguly was elected unopposed in absentia as he was busy doing commentary in the India-England Southampton Test. He returned yesterday only to take over the charge this evening.

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