Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named Roger Binny, a former star of the Indian cricket team and member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, as its 36th president on Tuesday. His appointment was declared officially at the BCCI AGM in Mumbai.
Binny succeeds former India captain Sourav Ganguly. The lone contender to submit a nomination for the BCCI president’s position was Binny.
The election of the upcoming group of office bearers was merely a formality since they will all be elected without opposition.
Binny, who most recently served as the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, will now vacate his post within the state organisation. One of the key players in India’s historic World Cup victory in 1983 was the medium pacer. He recorded the most wickets in that year’s premier event (18) in just eight games.
Binny had previously been a member of the Senior Selection Committee when Sandeep Patil served as the chairman.
According to reports, in the past, Ganguly held numerous talks with the stakeholders in New Delhi. The former India captain was eager to serve a second term as BCCI President, but he was informed that there is no precedence of giving a second term to the Board president.
“Sourav was offered the IPL chairmanship but he graciously denied the offer,” the BCCI source claimed. “His reasoning was that he cannot accept becoming head of a subcommittee in BCCI after heading the same institution.”