Roger Binny likely to get elected unopposed as BCCI president

Mumbai: The former India all-rounder Roger Binny filed his nomination for the post of BCCI president and is likely to get elected unopposed.

Binny, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, is the sole candidate for the BCCI president’s post so far. If no more candidate emerges, he will replace Sourav Ganguly as BCCI chief on October 18, when the Board’s annual general meeting will be held in Mumbai.

After a series of meetings of the top brass of the BCCI, along with senior past and current administrators from prominent state associations, in Delhi last week and one on Monday evening in Mumbai, it was clear that Ganguly will not continue as president. Whether the former India captain will be nominated to the International Cricket Council (ICC) is to be seen.

Meanwhile, Jay Shah, son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has also filed nomination and will continue as BCCI Secretary for a second consecutive term if no more candidates file nominations for the post. Rajiv Shukla is also likely to stay on as the board’s vice president.

“Roger Binny has filed nomination for president’s post, myself for the vice-president’s post, Jay Shah for secretary, Ashish Shelar for treasurer and Devajit Saikia has filed nomination for joint secretary’s post,” Shukla told reporters here.

The 67-year-old Binny has a lot of experience in cricket administration. He has served in different positions at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) over the years and has been its president since 2019. Prior to that, he also was part of the KSCA administrations led by Patel and Anil Kumble (2010-12).

The age-cap rule will restrict 1983 World Cup winner Binny’s tenure to one term of three years.

BCCI chief Ganguly left ‘disappointed and dejected’ 

New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is soon going to become a former BCCI president, has fallen out of favour in the board and is reportedly ending his term on a ‘disappointing’ note.

During the upcoming BCCI AGM and elections on October 18, most members of the outgoing administration are set to find places in the new dispensation, barring Ganguly and Jayesh George, the joint secretary. And, Ganguly is definitely not pleased with the developments in the last few days.

“He clearly looked upset, disappointed and dejected,” said a member who was present at the BCCI office.

The 50-year old was the last one to leave the BCCI office after the nomination process ended, swiftly getting into his car and rolling up the glasses of the window. Outside the BCCI office, there were also murmurs among state representatives about the immediate future of Ganguly.

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