Sourav Ganguly fans to distribute special masks on former India captain’s 48th birthday

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It’s a grand affair in regular instances however due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ardent fans of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who turns 48 on Wednesday, have chosen to have fun an uncommon ‘masked’ birthday.

The fans won’t be thronging Ganguly’s Behala home on Wednesday, maintaining in thoughts the present lockdown restrictions and so they have give you the thought of distributing masks with Ganguly’s photograph printed on them.

“This time it was all the more special as this is his first birthday as BCCI president but it’s unfortunate that we can’t go for a cake cutting celebration, so we decided to make masks,” Manas Chatterjee who runs Ganguly’s fan group, Maharajer Darbare, on Facebook informed PTI from Bankura.

“We have made 100 masks with Dada’s 1996 Lord’s debut photograph on one aspect and the present photograph as BCCI president on the opposite. We will distribute the masks among the many members.

“Some members in Kolkata will go to his residence at Behala to gift him the masks. We have spoken to the security staff at Dada’s residence.”

The group has greater than 9000 fans from throughout the state and the masks have been despatched out to the members in numerous districts like Bardhaman, Asansol, Nadia, North, South 24 Parganas. They might be sporting the masks on Wednesday.

Fan group appears to be like to increase cash for charity by promoting masks

Since the customary cake-cutting ceremony wouldn’t be potential this time, the fans considered stitching the white colored masks, with two pictures of Ganguly on the left and proper sides.

The fan group can also be on the lookout for some charity work by elevating cash from promoting the masks.

“We have identified 48 Cyclone Amphan affected families from various districts. Our members will go to distribute relief materials. We have chosen 48 families keeping in mind Dada’s 48th birthday,” Chatterjee stated.

Looking on the response, the group additionally plans to promote the masks with a price ticket of Rs 96 — the 12 months Ganguly made his well-known Lord’s Test debut, the place he hit 131.

“We have got some inquiries and are waiting for some more. The money raised will be used for charity work,” he stated.

For fans dwelling close to Ganguly’s home at Behala, it is going to be a forgettable birthday with none celebrations.

“I had spoken to the security staff of his residence and they have politely asked us not to gather with cake and this time it will be a low-key affair,” stated certainly one of his ardent fans Ratan Halder who runs a fan membership because the Greg Chappell controversy in 2005.

Every 12 months, he distributes sweets and truffles for college youngsters however within the present scenario Halder has chosen to do some aid work.

“I’m planning to distribute relief materials for COVID-19 affected families near our area,” he stated.

For one other Ganguly fan, Shantanu Saha, who can also be a cricket coach and runs an academy close to Behala, all of the celebrations have been shelved this time.

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