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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 23 July: FORMER Indian cricketer Gopal Bose was conferred with Kartick Bose Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual awards ceremony for the year 2015-16 of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) held in the city today.

Ashok Dinda was adjudged Best Fast Bowler and Sudip Chatterjee was Best Cricketer of the Year. Sunit Kumar Ghosh, who has done umpiring in seven ODIs and two Test matches was chosen for Special Award.

Former Indian cricketer and cricket commentator Arun Lal was present as chief guest on the occasion. Lal who was successfully treated for jaw cancer received loud applause from the audience when he stepped on the stage.

CAB president Sourav Ganguly presented a CAB blazer, a bouquet, a trophy and a cheque of Rs 2 lakhs to Bose as part of the award. Bose had played one ODI and an unofficial Test match against Sri Lanka.

He has 3757 runs and 72 wickets from 78 first class matches he has played. He had also served as manager of India U-19 team in 2007-08 World Cup and coached several teams.

Later on speaking to media persons, Lal congratulated Indian Test captain Virat Kohli for his maiden double century against West Indies in Antigua and said, “Virat Kohli is the paradigm shift. He has taken the bar, the level up for every budding cricketer”. Lal also compared Kohli with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly and Virendra Sehwag and called him a game changer.