Kolkata: Birthdays don't mean a great deal for Sourav Ganguly, but his 39th birthday could well turn out to be memorable one. As Dada on Friday entered into cricket administration as part of the Indian cricket board's technical committee headed by Sunil Gavaskar.

This is Ganguly's first birthday after retiring from international cricket. He has still not put a full stop on his first-class career though and could play the East Zone one-dayers for Bengal.

"I'm looking forward to be wished by Gavaskar. He is aware it's my birthday, especially because it is two days before his," said Ganguly at his residence here on Thursday.

The former India captain said he was thrilled to be part of the technical committee, which decides on key cricketing issues for Indian cricket. "It's an honour and I will do anything which helps in the development of Indian cricket," he said.

Ganguly's will be an influential voice on cricketing matters. The committee will not only benefit from his playing experience but also someone who knows what modern cricket is all about. "I will speak my mind if I am asked for an opinion," he said.

The birthday celebrations will be on hold till he returns to Kolkata in the evening.

Hundreds of Fans wish Dada

Ganguly may have quit international cricket for three years now but the love and affection Sourav Ganguly received on his 39th birthday was enviable.

As a large number of his fans gathered outside his Behala residence this morning, the former Team India captain took time off from his hectic shooting schedule for a TV show to cut the customary birthday cake for the photojournalists before rushing to a studio at Rajarhat.

Later in the day, the Ganguly fans distributed cakes and sweets to schoolchildren and donated a football kit to an underprivileged 10-year-old kid from Sarsuna.

There were more such scenes on the streets of Kolkata. At Gariahat, 'Dada Force' a Facebook fan club with 880 members, have plans to celebrate Ganguly's birthday by paying a visit to Rajarhat studio in the evening.

"We have fixed an appointment with him through a private agency. We will give him flowers and gifts besides cutting the cake," Sourav Bhattacharya of the club said.

He further said Ganguly will release a book, titled 'Dadagiri Unplugged' written by the group members.

Vendors were also seen selling potraits of Ganguly and former Bengal chief minister Late Jyoti Basu, both of whom share their birthday.

Ganguly these days is busy shooting for a popular Bengali quiz show where he recently hosted Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his producer-director wife Kiran Rao. He is soon to shoot a special episode with current India opener Gautam Gambhir before leaving to do television commentary in England.

(Agencies)