KOLKATA: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) appointed former state election commissioner Sushanta Ranjan Upadhaya as electoral officer to conduct its election during the annual general meeting on September 28.
“He (Upadhaya) has been officially appointed from today. We will now have to send the name to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for their approval,” CAB president Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday.
The CAB thus named its electoral officer a day before the expiry of CoA’s deadline for the same.
Upadhaya, a 1980 batch West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) officer, remained Bengal state election commissioner for a little over one year before stepping down in 2015. He also had served in the Raj Bhavan secretariat from 2001 to 2014, till he was appointed the poll panel chief.
“I welcome this new job which I have never done before. But as a civil servant I have worked at various capacities and carried out various responsibilities. I see this too as one such job. I expect cooperation from all to execute the job well,” the 66-year-old said on Wednesday. Taking about CAB’s new constitution, Upadhaya said he need not go into its entirety. “I am concerned with just with the election part. The CAB has already sent a notification and I am aware of the process,” he stated.
He made it clear that those above 70 years will now not be eligible to hold any office or post in the association. “They can, however, vote as representatives of the units,” he said.