Roger Binny, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, submitted his nomination on Tuesday for the position of BCCI president and is likely to land the top job unopposed, board vice chairman Rajeev Shukla said. Binny, 67, is so far the only candidate to submit a nomination for the position and if no more candidates turn up, he will replace Sourav Ganguly as BCCI chief when the board of directors holds its AGM in Mumbai on October 18. After hectic conversations and back channel discussions over the past week, it was decided that Binny would become the 36th chairman of the board, according to one of the sources familiar with the development.
Jay Shah, son of Home Secretary Amit Shah, has also submitted a nomination and will run for a second consecutive term as BCCI secretary if no more candidates throw in their hats.
Shah is also expected to replace Ganguly as India’s representative on the all-powerful ICC board.
“Roger Binny has nominated for the position of President, myself for the position of Vice President, Jay Shah for Secretary, Ashish Shelar for Treasurer and Devajit Saikia has submitted a nomination for the position of Joint Secretary,” Shukla told reporters . “Arun Dhumal will lead the IPL council and Abhishek Dalmiya will be a part of that council. Khairul Jamal (Mamun) Majumdar will be a part of the Apex council. As of now, these are the nominations and all are unopposed,” added Shukla to it.
Wednesday is the last day to submit nominations. Candidates can withdraw their nomination until 14 October. The final list of candidates for various positions will be published on 15 October.
However, Binny is a surprising choice to lead the BCCI.
However, hints were dropped that his name will come forward for a position when Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) appointed him as a representative on BCCI AGM in place of secretary Santosh Menon. Binny is KSCA president and will have to leave his position in the state body.
The medium pacer was one of the architects of India’s historic 1983 World Cup victory. In eight matches, he took 18 wickets, the highest in that edition of the prestigious tournament.
Binny was a member of the senior selection committee in the past when Sandeep Patil was chairman. Whenever his son Stuart Binny’s name came up for discussion for selection in the Indian team, he would withdraw from the proceedings.
“Roger is one of the best people and a thorough gentleman, who has graced the field for India. In addition, he is also a World Cup hero and has a squeaky clean image. He resigned from the selection committee after the Lodha committee on conflicts had pointed out interesting,” said a source at BCCI.
The only congressman in the BCCI cabinet would be Shukla, who will remain as vice president if elected.
The younger brother of Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Arun Singh Dhumal, who is currently the treasurer, will now become IPL chairman. He will replace Brijesh Patel.
Influential Maharashtra BJP leader Ashish Shelar will be the new treasurer meaning he will not become president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). He would take on the role with support from the Sharad Pawar faction.
“Once he (Shelar) takes over as treasurer, he will have to revoke his nomination from the position of MCA president,” Shukla further said.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s close associate Devajit Saikia is expected to replace Jayesh George as the new joint secretary. Whether BCCI will compete for the ICC presidency has not yet been decided. Shukla said it will be discussed at the AGM.
Ganguly refused IPL presidency
Ganguly, who reached Mumbai on Monday evening, had many meetings with stakeholders in New Delhi last week.
The former India captain was keen to continue as BCCI president but was told there is no priority in giving the board chairman a second term.
Sourav was offered the IPL presidency, but he politely declined the offer. His logic was that he could not accept becoming head of a subcommittee in BCCI after running the same institution. He had expressed an interest in the position to continue,” the BCCI source said. .
In Dhumal’s case, the decision-makers waited for Ganguly to appeal for the IPL presidency and when he declined, they decided to promote Himachal man, who is one of the most efficient men in the BCCI cabinet.
With Ganguly out of the picture, the representation of the East would always be Assam CM Biswa Sarma as he played a key role even last time.
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