Former India captain is “undergoing primary angioplasty”
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been hospitalised in Kolkata after complaining of chest pain, suspected to be a mild cardiac arrest. Ganguly’s elder brother Snehasish Ganguly told ESPNcricinfo the former India captain was undergoing angiogram.
Snehasish confirmed that Ganguly, 48, felt some “uneasiness” immediately after doing exercise on Saturday morning around 11am and was admitted to the nearby Woodlands Hospital. “After finishing his gym he felt some uneasiness,” Snehasish said.
Dr Rupali Basu, MD & CEO of Woodlands Hospital later issued a statement saying Ganguly “suffered from chest discomfort while doing tread mill at his home gym” and he “had family history of IHD (Ischemic heart disease)”.
“When he came to the hospital at 1pm, his pulse was 70/min, BP 130/80 mm of Hg and other clinical parameters were within normal limits,” the hospital statement said. “He has received loading doses of dual anti platelets and statin and is undergoing primary angioplasty now.”
BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted Ganguly was “stable and responding well to treatment.”
After attending the BCCI AGM recently in Ahmedabad, Ganguly had returned to Kolkata and visited Eden Gardens earlier this week to discuss the preparations for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – India’s domestic T20 competition – with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya and secretary Snehashish. Kolkata is among the six cities that will host the league stage of the SMA Trophy starting January 10.
Ganguly, who captained India from 1999 to 2005, took over as the BCCI president in October 2019 after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) left the board following a period of 33 months. Ganguly has since then been credited for making India play their inaugural day-night Tests, against Bangladesh at his home ground Eden Gardens, and announcing the introduction of a contacts system for first-class cricketers in India.
Under Ganguly, the BCCI has also been seeking approval of the Supreme Court for radical amendments to the board’s constitution, which also includes a proposal to allow Ganguly and Shah to continue in their posts until 2025, effectively bypassing the mandated cooling-off period that was approved by the court itself in 2018.